VCC Celebrates 50th Conservation Easement

This October, Valley Conservation Council (VCC) celebrated the completion of its 50th conservation easement, a significant milestone in the organization’s history. Over the course of the past year, VCC has worked with landowners to protect six new properties in four counties to ensure the permanent preservation of over 1,100 acres. Combined with the donation of […]

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Easement Protects Working Lands

Marc and Eileen Read feel strongly about conserving land, especially when they look across the river from their 89- acre farm and see the small lot subdivision developed in recent years. To ensure that this would never happen to their property, they recently donated a conservation easement to VCC. The easement is designed to protect […]

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John Sweet Named Conservator of the Year

Highland County resident John Sweet has been named Valley Conservation Council’s Conservator of the Year. The award, presented at Valley Conservation Council’s (VCC) annual conservation celebration, recognized Sweet’s lifetime of environmental stewardship, culminating most recently with a donation of his 386-acre farm to the organization. “When it came time for VCC’s board and staff to […]

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September E-News from VCC

Click Here to download our monthly e-newsletter for September highlighting VCC news and conservation news from around the Valley. If you would like to receive the newsletter directly to your inbox each month, call our office 540-886-3541 or e-mail emily@valleyconservation.org so we can add you to our mailing list! September E-News

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VCC Announces New Executive Director

Valley Conservation Council (VCC) is pleased to announce the promotion of Natasha Skelton to Executive Director. Skelton, who joined the organization in early 2017 as Associate Director for Outreach, brings with her a background in agricultural education and communications management along with a lifetime of experience building relationships with individuals and organizations throughout the Shenandoah […]

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VCC Applying for Accreditation

Exciting news! Valley Conservation Council has been invited to apply for accreditation with the Land Trust Alliance. The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. A public comment period is now open. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program […]

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Kites and Critters 2018

Once again, Kites and Critters was a great day on the farm on Bells Lane. Children and sheep alike enjoyed a day outside with opportunities to learn and explore. Activities like the farm petting zoo and trout release into Poague’s Run allowed families to experience a farm in a way that has become uncommon for […]

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Shenandoah Valley Ag Preservation Alliance – Economic Impacts Forum

On June 28, agriculture producers came out of the fields to discuss the economic impacts of their industry during a forum hosted by Valley Conservation Council’s Shenandoah Valley Agriculture Preservation Alliance (Ag Alliance) along with agency staff, conservation groups, and related professionals.  Across the nation, Americans are an average of three generations removed from the farm.  However, the […]

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2016 Annual Report

Our 2016 Annual Report is now available! Paper copies of the annual report were mailed at the end of June, but in case you missed it, we’ve also posted the report online. If you did not receive a copy in the mail, but would like to receive future VCC correspondence, please contact us with your […]

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