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:
Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF). VCC shares responsibility for a number of conservation easements with 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.
Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD). VCC works with the six SWCDs in our region and co-holds important 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.
Shenandoah Valley Network. A long-standing partner engaged in conservation issues in six Virginia counties (Frederick, Warren, Shenandoah, Page, Rockingham, and Augusta), the Shenandoah Valley Network operates as a resource center for local and regional citizens groups to help maintain healthy, productive rural landscapes and communities, protect and restore natural resources, and strengthen and sustain the Valley’s agricultural economy.
More often than not, VCC’s partnership approach is not a highly visible one. We work proactively and cooperatively so that our greatest impact can be in securing awareness and support before resources are threatened.