Press Release

October 11, 2017

Northern Neck Land Conservancy

804 462 0979-Elizabeth Friel, Executive Director

Brent Family Honored

by Conservation Group

The A. Mason Brent Family was named the Northern Neck Land Conservancy’s “Conservation Champion” at the organization’s recent Boots and Barbecue gathering.  In front of a sell-out crowd, Brent shared his special connection his family has to its conserved land.

Brent, the retired president of Columbia Propane Corp. and Columbia Propane LP and chairman of Atlantic Energy Inc. has been a longtime supporter of the land conservancy’s efforts to preserve farmland in the Northern Neck.

Brent lives in Heathsville where he restored the historic Roanoke home and grows specialty corn and grain on its surrounding acreage.

The past treasurer of the Northern Neck Land Conservancy, Brent has also been active in other local organizations including the Northumberland Family YMCA, Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett Tavern Foundation and the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum.

The land conservancy’s volunteer board has helped preserve 15,000 acres in the Northern Neck.  It recently agreed to begin work in Essex County at the request of landowners there.

The conservancy writes easements in cooperation with landowners who wish to permanently protect their property from development so it will remain farmland forever.


More information about the land conservancy can be found at, or by calling Elizabeth Friel at 804-462-0979.


DEADLINE:  September 1, 2021

The Northern Neck Land Conservancy (NNLC) is an accredited, member-supported nonprofit conservation organization founded in 2004 that is committed to preserving open space through conservation easements in Virginia’s Northern Neck counties of King George, Westmoreland, Richmond, Northumberland and Lancaster, and Essex County of the Middle Peninsula.

The NNLC works to protect the Chesapeake Bay and its watersheds, preserve unique historical sites, and maintain its rural culture of farmlands, forests and critical habitat for native and endangered species. The NNLC educates landowners and the public on responsible stewardship of the area’s rich biological bounty and natural beauty.

Position Summary: The Executive Director will have a genuine passion and enthusiasm for land conservation and the NNLC mission, working under the supervision and direction of the Board President. The Executive Director is responsible for providing leadership for the overall planning, direction, and implementation of NNLC’s programs and daily operations.

Responsibilities and Scope:

  • Conservation - Manage the process of forming conservation easements from initial contact with the landowner through final filing of the easement through advice and guidance in compliance with NNLC standards and procedures.
  • Land Stewardship- Oversee inspection and record keeping prescribed for the management of easements, working closely with all landowners helping them comply with the terms of their easements.
  • Financial Management- Support the NNLC Financial Manager and Treasurer in their duties of accounting, budgeting, expenditures, and funds management.
  • Organizational Growth- Ensure the NNLC office systems are in place for effective management including appropriate file retention, mapping, GIS, computers, equipment, and recruitment of interns and volunteers.
  • Personnel Supervision- Train, motivate and evaluate staff with Board oversight to encourage professional growth opportunities and increase effectiveness.
  • Strategic Planning and Vision- Work with staff and the Board in the strategic planning process, proposing goals and developing a vision for the future of NNLC.
  • Outreach and Education- Build and maintain effective relations and cooperation with local and state governments, regional conservation agencies, and the U.S. Department of Defense.
  • Development- Research and write grant applications, maintain continuing relationships with existing grantors, and cultivate relationships with new potential sources of gifts and bequests.

Specific Duty Requirements:

  • Travel is required to various locations in the region for meetings, conferences, workshops, and speaking engagements.
  • Evening and weekend work may be necessary.
  • Transportation for the performance of duties must be provided by the Executive Director.


  1. Compensation for travel mileage necessary for the performance of NNLC business will be provided including visiting properties, and attendance at meetings and conferences.
  2. Travel between home and the office will not be compensated.
  3. Per diem will be paid for overnight business travel as well as conference fees and professional society memberships as approved in advance by the President.
  4. Financial assistance with moving costs is available.

Application:  Submit resumes to Mr. Jim Russell, email: