About Us

The West Virginia Land Trust is a statewide nonprofit dedicated to protecting West Virginia’s natural lands, scenic areas, water quality, and recreational access forever. Since 1994, the organization has permanently protected nearly 20,000 acres of land statewide.

Our Mission

WVLT’s mission is to protect land with significant conservation values through the use of conservation easements and real estate acquisitions, and by working with a statewide network of partners to build a passionate land conservation movement in the state.

Our Approach

West Virginia’s identity is rooted in the outdoors and its resources. The Land Trust is proud to partner with people who want to protect and perpetuate that legacy and identity. The organization seeks projects with meaningful and lasting benefits that reflect the needs of West Virginia, such as protecting drinking water sources, creating recreational opportunities, conserving wildlife habitat, promoting local food production, preserving historic and cultural sites, engaging youth and community groups, and supporting scientific research.

"A people without children would face a hopeless future; a country without trees is almost as helpless."

- Theodore Roosevelt

For over 25 years, WVLT has been working to conserve West Virginia’s special places. Since 1994, we have protected nearly 20,000 acres of land, created outdoor recreation opportunities, safeguarded our drinking water supplies, protected scenic views, preserved historic sites and family farms, and much more.

Our mission is to conserve special places that give our state its distinctive character. That means that we may consider scenic, wildlife, botanical, recreational, or historic conservation values when evaluating a project. The Land Trust works with landowners to determine the best conservation approach for each property.

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