This property on Totuskey Creek in Richmond County was recently conserved by the owner in partnership with the Northern Neck Land Conservancy.

February 20, 2020
Released 2/5/20

The Northern Neck Land Conservancy will hold an informational forum on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m., on February 20, in Warsaw to explain how landowners can preserve their property from development and help maintain the rural nature of the Northern Neck.

Land conservation serves the community by growing green space for future generations,” said Stuart Ashton, Jr., the Conservancy’s vice president. “And there are tax benefit rewards in return for these gifts to the Commonwealth.” The Ashton family put their land in an easement a decade ago.

The NNLC forum will be held at the Northern Neck Electric Cooperative headquarters at 173 Pine Street, Warsaw, VA 22572 (which is the brick building at the corner of Pine Street and Belle Ville Lane). starting at 6 pm with light refreshments. Board members and staff will explain the conservation easement process, often used to protect woodlands, marshes, farmland or other natural habitats or land. Kirwan King, Land Conservancy president, will discuss his experience with conservation easements from his own experience with Grove Mount Farm in Richmond County.

“Conservation easements can make good business sense and keep family farms in the family, which is the key to successful Virginia agriculture,” King said. Executive Director Elizabeth Friel will field questions.

The NNLC is a nationally accredited organization served by a professional staff that can guide landowners through the easement process. Local volunteers also assist. Last year the group helped landowners preserve more than 1,000 acres in conservation.

For more information contact:
Elizabeth Friel, Executive Director


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: