As conservationists, the staff and volunteers at Valley Conservation Council have many tools in our tool box to help us protect land and water resources.
In the greater Shenandoah Valley region, these tools include conservation easements, agricultural and forestal district designations, riparian protection, and better development principles.
A good example of how these tools can be put in place is on Bells Lane in one of Staunton’s agricultural and forestal districts. Landowners there have made strategic long-term investments including spring protection, riparian buffers and cattle-exclusion fences to protect highly erodible stream banks, native grass and tree plantings, conservation easements, and community-supported agriculture.
Conservation in the 21st century also capitalizes on relevant technologies to help solve many of our environmental challenges.
Applying a variety of tools, VCC is a land trust with a broad scope of work to protect the region’s natural resources, cultural heritage, and agricultural vitality.