PRESS RELEASE: January 3, 2018

CONTACT: Elizabeth Friel, Executive Director   804-462-0929

Northern Neck Land Conservancy to Co Host

Conservation Film and Discussion

January 11 in Williamsburg

Across the commonwealth this year, community discussions are taking place as Virginia’s United Land Trusts, in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Forestry, the Aldo Leopold Foundation and local land trusts, is initiating programs to bring together community leaders and citizens to revisit Leopold’s land ethic.

The Northern Neck Land Conservancy and the Historic Virginia Land Conservancy will host a free film viewing and discussion on January 11, 2018 at 6:30 pm at the James City County Library, 7770 Croaker Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23188.  The event marks the birthday of Aldo Leopold with the showing of “Green Fire”, a documentary film made about this legendary conservation thinker. The film explores Leopold’s extraordinary career and enduring influence – tracing how he shaped the modern conservation movement and continues to inspire projects all over the country that connect people and the land.  “Green Fire” introduces the topic of a land ethic:  a calling for an ethical and caring relationship between people and nature.  Admission is free, but space is limited.  Please reserve your seat at or by calling (757) 565-2990.

Aldo Leopold wrote the now famous “A Sand County Almanac” nearly 70 years ago.  The book documents man’s relationship with the natural world.   In the book Leopold states “That land is a community is the basic concept of ecology; but that land is to be loved and respected is an extension of ethics.  That land yields a cultural harvest is a fact long known but latterly forgotten”.    Leopold’s words are especially relevant today. “Creating community around nature and connecting people… and children in particular…to nature becomes more challenging as our lives are increasingly linked to technology and the indoors” said Elizabeth Friel of the Northern Neck Land Conservancy and the Virginia United Land Trust’s Board of Directors. “This event provides a great starting point for discussion”.

Information about the Aldo Leopold land ethic is available at and the Virginia United Land Trusts website at

Want to go?  The event is on January 11, 2018 at 6:30 pm at the James City County Library, 7770 Croaker Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23188.   Admission is free, but space is limited.  Please reserve your seat at or by calling (757) 565-2990.


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: