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.
WVLT is a member of the Land Trust Alliance and is nationally accredited with the National Land Trust Accreditation Commission. According to the commission, accreditation is a mark of distinction showing that a land trust meets high
standards for conservation and is worthy of the public trust.
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.
When evaluating a project, WVLT considers conservation values such as land uses, location, size, and environmental features. The Land Trust works with landowners to determine the best conservation approach for each property.
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.