The Northern Neck Land Conservancy is a member supported non-profit land trust, incorporated on January 22, 2004 under Section 501(c)(3) of the Federal Internal Revenue Code. As a private, non-governmental organization, we assist landowners who voluntarily wish to protect their land by placing a permanent restriction on development through a conservation easement.

The conservation easement, which is a legal document, allows the landowner to decide how he or she wishes the land to be used, now and in the future. NNLC provides interested landowners with information and guidance as they work with various personnel through the easement donation process. Since 2004, the Northern Neck Land Conservancy has assisted in preserving 15,130 acres of the Northern Neck into conservation easements including over 13 miles of waterfront.

The Northern Neck Land Conservancy has four working goals:

  • Conserving open space on the Northern Neck, thereby protecting the Chesapeake Bay and its watersheds,
  • Preserving the Northern Neck’s unique historical sites and its rural heritage and
  • Encouraging responsible stewardship of the Northern Neck’s rich biological bounty and natural beauty by residents and visitors.
  • Maintaining an effective organization to ensure mission success.

The mission of the Northern Neck Land Conservancy is to preserve the rural heritage of the Northern Neck by conserving its lands, water, economies and culture for future generations. This mission and the four goals recognize that the preservation of our heritage and quality of life is fundamentally dependent on the health and vitality of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, forests, wetlands and open ground. Critical to accomplishing this mission is the need to ensure that landowners have the tools and resources to assist in sound land use planning and management of properties.

The Board of Director's Adopted its new Stratagic Plan after a day long retreat in February.  Special focus was placed on Vision 2020, Creatively Conserving 100 Acres a Year unitl 2020,  and the additional fundraising that will be needed to acheive that strategy.  The consise list of strategies is shown below:



Northern Neck Land Conservancy

Strategic Plan Summary


Land Preservation - The NNLC will  conserve 200 acres annually with the goal of forever conserving 1000 new acres of the most valuable conservation lands in the Northern Neck by the year 2020.

  1. Identify and seek out land and funding for conservation.

  2. Work in priority areas:  Cat Point Creek and Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration areas.

  3. Partner with allied organizations to conserve land.

Educational Outreach - The NNLC will be promoted through an annual educational event, community events, youth partnerships, speaking engagements and media.

  1. Hold successful “Boots and BBQ” with increased community support.

  2. Participate in Farmers Markets and various regional outreach events and partner with allied organizations for education.

  3. Educate youth and general public about conservation.


Development- The NNLC will increase revenue from membership donors, sponsors, corporate donors, (VISION 2020) bequests, license plate revenues and grants.

  1. Increase membership and donor support.

  2. Increase corporate donors.

  3. Increase estate donors.

  4.   Increase grant and increase license plate revenue