Lancaster, Va. — To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the Northern Neck Land Conservancy and The Nature Conservancy have announced their new partnership to protect an ecologically-significant property in Virginia’s Northern Neck.

Last month, the Northern Neck Land Conservancy secured an environmentally-sensitive, 225-acre site near Dameron Marsh in Northumberland County. Known locally as “Bayview,” the site is located near the intersection of Balls Neck Road and Balls Lane and has extensive Balls Creek and Chesapeake Bay frontage. 

“This land is a key habitat –  part of the Chesapeake Bay estuary and in the vicinity of  the Natural Area Preserves at Hughlett’s Point and Dameron Marsh,  as well as the Northern Neck Land Conservancy’s recently conserved Ditchley and Gascony sites,” says Elizabeth Friel, Executive Director of the Northern Neck Land Conservancy. “Connecting these conserved areas allows us to truly protect this landscape for the long term.” 

The purchase of this property is in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and is funded through the Virginia Aquatic Resources Trust Fund. The Nature Conservancy will maintain its conservation easement on the property and will restore a portion of the wetlands in an area of the site. 

“This site provides a unique opportunity to restore former wetland areas to functioning forested wetlands within the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and we are excited to embark on the full restoration and protection of this ecologically-important property,” says Karen Johnson, Director of Wetland and Stream Mitigation for The Nature Conservancy. 

The partnership is beneficial to both organizations and to the local community, as it will help further preserve the rural heritage, scenic resources, and water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. 

“The Northern Neck Land Conservancy spent more than a year evaluating this proposal, and we are thrilled to take on this partnership to ensure the property is forever protected,” stated Kirwan King, President of the Northern Neck Land Conservancy.


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: