The Western Virginia Land Trust (WVLT) was formed in 1996 and works to preserve our region’s unique scenic, historic, agricultural, recreational and natural features. We work in seven counties in the Roanoke region: Bedford, Botetourt, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Montgomery, and Roanoke. WVLT is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit and is accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. WVLT is one of just 135 land trusts nationwide (out of 1,700) to obtain accreditation.
WVLT protects more than 15,000 acres of land and 33 miles of streams in 40 conservation easementsheld by the land trust. Conservation easements are voluntary, permanent legal agreements between a private landowner and a land trust that preserve land in its rural or agricultural state (read more in our section for landowners). We’ve also helped to save 65,000 additional acres of land through conservation easements held by our partners at the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (a statewide land trust), and through donations and purchases of land.