Valley Conservation Council (VCC), founded in 1990, is a small nonprofit land trust with a big mission. We are committed to protecting the natural resources, cultural heritage, and agricultural vitality of America’s legendary Shenandoah Valley.
Our service area includes 11 counties in northwestern Virginia: from Frederick County in the north to Botetourt County in the south. Set between the Blue Ridge and the Allegheny mountains, the greater Shenandoah Valley region includes the headwaters of both the James and Potomac Rivers as well as the incomparable Allegheny Highlands.
VCC has helped to protect tens of thousands of acres of farmland, forests and wetlands, open spaces, and historic properties.
We work directly with farmers and other landowners who want to voluntarily protect their land through conservation easements and agricultural and forestal districts. As a land trust, we hold a number of conservation easements.
We are also much more than a land trust.
We work with community decision-makers to put in place better models for development. We offer positive solutions for how growth can respect and complement the environment and local history and character.
We bring people together for workshops, events, and presentations to learn about conservation needs and the specific tools to use
As a member-based nonprofit, VCC depends on strong support from individuals. We also seek grants from funding organizations that share Valley Conservation Council’s mission. Join us.