About Us

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The Cacapon and Lost Rivers Land Trust is the only homegrown organization exclusively dedicated to permanently protecting and preserving land in Cacapon and Lost River Valley.   We have worked with our Valley’s landowners, for over 25 years to protect and preserve the natural resources, beauty and uniqueness of our Valley.  Our work focuses on protecting only the richest ecological and economically beneficial areas to create a network or natural land hubs and corridors.

Today 50 conservation easement agreements permanently protect the conservation values of 13,306 acres in our watershed.

Because of You:

  • we are the largest local land trust in West Virginia, the seventh largest land trust in the six-state Chesapeake Bay watershed, and is in the top 10% of land trusts across the Nation in terms of acres protected;
  • over $6 million dollars of conservation investments have been put into the hands of local landowners to help maintain healthy rivers and protect our forests and farmland.
  • we are a National leader in land protection that protects neighboring parcels to form blocks of protected land; and
  • we are the first local West Virginia based land trust to be accredited by the Accreditation Commission of the Land Trust Alliance.

The Trust would not have these accomplishments without the help of our landowners and partners.



Staff and board members click here

Kelly Watkinson of Quicksburg, Virginia

Board and Staff

    Ethan Strickler, Executive Director Email Ethan Strickler Ethan’s love for the land is rooted in his upbringing on a beautiful farm located in south central Pennsylvania’s Cumberland Valley. His passion for the natural world led him to several formative experiences over the past decade, which include living and studying conservation biology in the …

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Cacapon & Lost Rivers Land Trust’s Fall Fundraiser Invitation

Register, Be a Sponsor, or Donate to the Auctions Below Children 12 and under are free! Ticket includes lunch. You will be able to edit the number of adult tickets in the next step. Number of children 12 & under Number of vegetarian meals   Sponsoring our event means you’ll be helping covering costs to …

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Our Approach

We concentrate but don’t limit our land protection efforts in specific areas where neighbors are encouraging their neighbors to protect land, and where these blocks of protected land connect with public parcels such as the George Washington National Forest and Short Mountain Wildlife Management Area or Cacapon State Park and Sidling Hill Wildlife Management Area. …

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Our Partners

We are grateful to our partner organizations who provide financial support and in-kind services so we can continue our work with private property owners in the Cacapon and Lost River Valley. The Trust is very proud of the state, federal and private funds raised to permanently protect important Valley landscapes. We are even more proud …

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Trust in the News!

  The Trust’s work has garnered both regional and national attention.  We encourage you to read more about what other organizations have to say about our efforts! Land Trust Receives Donation Towards Local Environmental Preservation – 2018 Saving Land Magazine spring issue – Land We Love – 2015 Bay Journal Review “Listening to the Land” – 2015 …

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Cacapon Legacy Newsletter

E-News! Fall 2015 E-News Spring 2015 E-News Click to see full edition 2016    2013 Newsletter Full Edition  

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