Northern Neck Land Conservancy
Protecting the Land – Celebrated

The Northern Neck Land Conservancy (NNLC) celebrated its fifteenth anniversary with its annual fund raiser and garden party, Boots & BBQ, last Saturday, Sept. 28th. A sold-out event with well over 300 people in attendance, the gathering was held at the historic Ditchley property which is now a working farm, cidery and a private event venue. Sunny calm weather, historic venue, made-on-site hard cider, beer and wine, great music (the Gurleys) and fabulous food (Angelo’s of Montross) was savored and enjoyed by all in attendance. Many conservation easement holders were in attendance and this celebration was, in part, a tribute to their progressive outlook to preserve their land in perpetuity.

Presenting Sponsor Chesapeake Bank/Chesapeake Wealth Management contributed generously not only to the event, but also to the year-round operation of the Northern Neck Land Conservancy. Also, in honor of NNLC’s 15th Anniversary, the inaugural Conservers of the Land donor group was created and counted James River Equipment, Mason Brent, Susan and Jack Moore, Pat and Bridget Neill, Mary Louisa and Albert Pollard and Paul and Rosemary Trible among its members. Additional corporate support came from B.H. Baird, Atlantic Union Bank, River Counties Community Foundation, the Vogt Family Foundation and Geise Farms. Davenport and Company, Dehnert, Clarke and Co. and Sona Bank also joined as donors. Oysters were donated from Angelo’s Bevans, Cowart, and Faunce’s oyster houses and the always popular fried oysters were served in abundance. Kellum’s donated scallops to the pre-Boots President’s reception. Lastly, beautiful sunflowers and seasonal blooms were especially grown and donated for the event by Dug In Farms.

Local conservation organizations set up booths and spoke to attendees about what they do and how they do it including the Northumberland Association for Progressive Stewardship (NAPS), Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Tidewater Oyster Gardeners Association (TOGA), NN Master Gardeners, NN Beekeepers, NN Native Plant Society and NN Master Naturalists. The Conservancy’s booth introduced the public to their goals and objectives while distributing information and fabric shopping bags to help eliminate those plastic grocery bags we see in fields, trees and the Bay.

No better venue for the event exists to spread the word on conservation easements then the Ditchley Property and its owners, Cathy Calhoun and Paul Grosklags. This couple acquired the land to create a sustainable business focused on agriculture and tourism while protecting and conserving this unique historic property. While purchasing the property, Cathy and Paul worked with the Northern Neck Land Conservancy to place 160 acres, including the waterfront on Dividing Creek, into a conservation easement. This whole package allowed them to create the Ditchley Cider Works and in honor of their multiyear efforts, the Conservancy designated them the Conservation Champions of 2019, a tribute the NNLC awards each year in honor of conservation efforts in the Northern Neck.

Monies raised from Boots and BBQ is used in the Conservancy’s programs to help and assist landowners in procuring easements and the continued monitoring of those easements – in perpetuity. More information can be found at the NNLC website

8327 MARY BALL ROAD LANCASTER, VA 22503 · 804-462-0979

An Accredited Land Trust


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: