Why Protect and Preserve The Northern Neck?

Our very existence is dependent upon the health of our earth. We drink the water and eat the food that is produced in the soil. On the Northern Neck of Virginia, agriculture and fishing are two vital industries. Farmland and forests produce the necessities of life and provide essential natural services.. The Chesapeake Bay and connecting rivers all play an important part in the habitat of wildlife and plants. The air we breathe is affected by pollutants and needs valuable vegetation and forests to preserve its quality.

Each day, hundreds of acres in Virginia alone are destroyed by building projects, impermeable surface structures and non-point source pollutants, all of which affect the Chesapeake Bay.

The Northern Neck of Virginia is a unique oasis of rural land, historical sites, living waterways and productive farms. Preserving this heritage and lifestyle means protecting the very land that spreads across the five counties.

In addition to the environmental reasons for protecting our lands, there are benefits to our community as well. Recreational tourism is maintained, providing sources of funds to support area businesses. Hunting can continue, offering residents with local venison, rabbit and turkey. With land preserved from development, local taxpayers will never have to pay for the expensive public services a new residential development would demand, such as street lighting, new roads, traffic lights, street signs, and sewer lines. In addition, an easement donation can motivate a landowner's neighbors to do the same, ultimately leading to the protection of larger landscapes in the local community and county.

By protecting your land with a conservation easement, you are ensuring that the Northern Neck of Virginia is always characterized by its open spaces, healthy environment, and cultural resources. Your children and future generations will still be able to enjoy the land, swim in the waters, watch the wildlife, and be proud of the heritage of the Northern Neck.