Effective conservation is always a partnership between people and the land. Valley Conservation Council could never do this important work alone.
Our primary partners are landowners. Most owners have a deep appreciation for their land and many decide to commit to protecting their land for its natural resources, historic and scenic aspects, or agricultural potential.
The public sector also has a role in what happens on the land. VCC is a resource for local governments and works regularly with state and federal agencies on conservation and land use projects.
In addition, we work regularly with community organizations that share our conservation mission. VCC is glad to partner with local groups such as Shenandoah Forum, Community Alliance for Preservation, Rockbridge Area Conservation Council, and Botetourt Community Partnership.
Some of our most important partners include the following organizations:
Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD). VCC works with the six SWCDs in our region and co-holds easements with Headwaters, Natural Bridge, and Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation Districts on nearly 650 acres of land along rivers and streams in the Shenandoah and Upper James River watersheds.
Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. VCC supports the work of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation to protect 10 battlegrounds in the National Historic District through land and conservation easement acquisition and preservation planning.
Alliance for the Shenandoah Valley. After more than a decade of informal partnership, several Valley organizations came together in 2016 to explore ways to make sure their work would continue for generations to come. In the spring of 2018, four partners merged to create Alliance for the Shenandoah Valley. VCC partners with the Alliance to proactively identify and conserve properties with high conservation value in the northern Shenandoah Valley.
Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF). Over the years, VCC has worked to facilitate numerous easements held by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation. Since 1966, VOF has partnered with thousands of landowners to permanently conserve more than 750,000 acres of farmland, forests, and other open space.