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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.

Publicly and Privately Protected Lands in the Cacapon and Lost Rivers Watershed [Click to enlarge]

When adjoining parcels are protected, the sum of the conservation values is greater than isolated tracts of protected land in a sea of development.

  • Does your desire for land protection come from the heart?
  • Is your land like a loved one — you want to protect and care for it — to know it’s safe when you’re gone?
  • Do you wish to take advantage of the federal tax benefits provided for landowners who donate conservation easement on their land?

If you answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then a conservation easement agreement might be for you.

Click the links below to learn more about how our work helps protect water quality, brook trout and the Chesapeake Bay.

Drinking Water

Forests, Water and People This analysis uses maps to highlight the connection between forests and the protection of surface drinking water quality. Forests are the crucial first barrier to protection of drinking water, and managing forests for source water protection is becoming more important as the population and water demand increase. Approximately 50 to 75 …

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Healing Waters Plan

Achieving our mission through our “Healing Waters Land Prioritization Plan” a green infrastructure approach to land protection? This plan identifies the most ecologically rich and economically beneficial areas of our Valley to protect and targets neighboring parcels to form blocks of conservation hubs and corridors. What is Green Infrastructure? Green infrastructure is strategically planned and …

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Native Brook Trout

Trout Unlimited is a strong and valued partner of the Trust. TU’s focus of restoration efforts within the Cacapon and Lost River Watersheds, through the Potomac Headwaters Home Rivers Initiative, further demonstrates the regional significance of these basins, and the irreplaceable natural resources we are working to protect. The Cacapon and Lost River system is …

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The Chesapeake Bay

Ecological Network Model

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