Accreditation helps NNLC best protect land like this – Ditchley in Northumberland County

Northern Neck Land Conservancy

Earns National Recognition

Strong Commitment to Public Trust and Conservation Excellence

Lancaster, VA (Nov. 6, 2019) – One thing that unites us as a nation is land: Americans strongly support saving the open spaces they love. Since 2004, the Northern Neck Land Conservancy (NNLC), has been doing just that for the people of the Northern Neck. Now that NNLC has announced it has renewed its land trust accreditation – proving once again that, as part of a network of over 400 accredited land trusts across the nation, it is committed to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in its conservation work.

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NN Land Conservancy Forum Set for Richmond County
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


Ditchley’s Unique Journey to Conservation

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.

Preserve the Land You Love

The Northern Neck Land Conservancy is a small non-profit land trust on the Northern Neck of Virginia, a peninsula located between the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers and bordering the Chesapeake Bay. Water surrounds our area and in order to keep it bountiful and safe for fishing, crabbing, swimming and drinking, we need a clean environment with protected stream banks, expansive woodlands, attentive farming and citizens who choose to safeguard the environment from pollutants. We help landowners who want to voluntarily protect their lands with permanent conservation easements to ensure that their property sustains the rural character of the Northern Neck and maintains a healthy environment for future generations. Check out what we are doing by reading this local news article!

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Boots and BBQ 2018

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