VCC’s mission is to protect the natural and cultural resources of the greater Shenandoah Valley region through land conservation, education, and experiences to preserve the life-enriching benefits our land and water provide.
For over 30 years, Valley Conservation Council has worked with communities and landowners across Virginia’s greater Shenandoah Valley region, promoting land conservation and sensible models of growth. As a result, tens of thousands of acres of valuable farm and forestland, streams and rivers, and historical landscapes are now permanently protected in VCC’s 18-locality service area.
VCC is an accredited land trust – meaning we follow the highest legal, environmental, and financial standards to hold conservation easements for landowners. We also actively promote best practices in development, support working farms and the agricultural community, and teach future generations about the importance of conservation.
Our efforts to protect the iconic region where you may live, work, or play are successful because of the generous support of hundreds of VCC members, partner non-profits, and philanthropic organizations.
Valley Conservation Council envisions a greater Shenandoah Valley region that resists the pressures of unchecked development and remains defined by spectacular open spaces, verdant fields and pastures, pristine water, productive soils, abundant biodiversity, unique geology, and lush forests. By preserving the natural and cultural resources, we enrich the lives and livelihoods of residents and visitors for years to come.