Welcome to the Cacapon & Lost Rivers Land Trust, a Nationally Accredited Land Trust

I was reminded recently about the importance of partnerships when together with a few friends, we identified 40 different bird species in a few hours' time. Of course, our success was because we were working together in partnership toward the same goal – find those warblers! And we did find some of our most favorites: black throated blue, the black throated green and the spectacular Blackburnian to name a few.

I recently talked with two landowners about putting voluntary easements on their land and they each echoed the same sentiments: "I never want to see this land developed," and "The least I can do is to ensure the integrity of this land is protected in perpetuity." And that is what we will do in partnership with these owners — we will protect their land forever.

Partnerships make big goals achievable. Just this month we had our first meeting of the Cacapon Watershed Collaborative's Steering Committee. The Collaborative will bring partners together in the Cacapon watershed to identify shared goals, challenges, and opportunities. Then, together, we will chart a path forward to help increase land protection and protect the natural resources and rural economy of the Cacapon watershed. My thanks to Steering Committee members who have volunteered their time to help lead this effort.

Our work at the Land Trust wouldn't be possible without the support of our partners in state and federal agencies who are really the unsung heroes of conservation – working diligently to bring more resources to landowners to support on-the-ground stewardship.

And of course, we are grateful for partnerships with funders and individual donors who know that supporting our mission is truly a gift that keeps on giving. Permanent land protection gives back in so many ways by protecting wildlife and water quality and the wonders of the natural, unbroken landscape. Thank you partners!

A legacy gift supports land protection in the Cacapon watershed.

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Jennifer Jones
Executive Director


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Dustin Wichterman and daughter, Brooklynn, fishing. Photo by Josh Duplechain, Trout Unlimited

Trust Accomplishments

  • Largest local land trust in the state of West Virginia

  • 7th largest land trust in the entire Chesapeake Bay Watershed

  • Over $6 Million dollars of conservation easements have been put into the hands of local landowners

  • 1st West Virginia Land Trust to be accredited by LTA (Land Trust Alliance)

  • 53 Conservation Easements

  • 14,000+ acres permanently protected

Rare Native Plants Found!

Grass Pinks Calapogon Orchid
Calapogn tuberosus

Kate's Mountain Clover
Trifolium virginicum

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Protect What You Love!

We've been working with landowners for 30 years in the Cacapon watershed to protect the forests, rivers and farms they love through voluntary conservation easement. A conservation easement is a flexible tool that meets the needs of landowners and protects land forever. Working in partnership with landowners, the Cacapon and Lost Rivers Land Trust listens carefully and ensures the goals of landowners are supported and the conservation values of the land are protected. Conservation easements offer peace of mind and through donated easements, tax deduction benefits. For more information contact Jennifer at jennifer@cacapon.org.

A Place Worth Protecting!

For highlights on the Cacapon & Lost Rivers Land Trust's ambitious land protection goals to protect land, water and wildlife in the Cacapon watershed, see more info here. We welcome your support.

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Landowners, financial assistance is available to implement land management goals through Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) partners with the Cacapon & Lost Rivers Land Trust and Trout Unlimited to advance conservation efforts in the Cacapon watershed. Land currently in agricultural production, or non-industrial private forestland, is eligible for the financial assistance through the EQIP program.

Applications are accepted year-round. For more information, please contact your local NRCS office or Christi Hicks, District Conservationist / 304-276-5636 / Christi.Hicks@usda.gov

Our Work Inspires Us!

We assist landowners and communities in the Cacapon and Lost Rivers Watershed with maintaining healthy rivers, protecting forests and farmland, and preserving rural heritage for the enjoyment and well being of present and future generations.

Time to Get Out on the Water!

Now is the perfect time to enjoy the more than 1,700 miles of streams and rivers in the Cacapon Watershed. Check out our waterproof map that gives details on the Cacapon Water Trail including public access points, good fishing holes and historic attractions. Enjoy!

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WOW — Wonders of our Watershed Photo Contest

Share with us what you love about the Cacapon and Lost Rivers Land Trust!

Enter your digital photography of wildlife, plants, forests, farms and riverscapes in the Cacapon and Lost Rivers Wonders of Our Watershed photo contest! First, second and third place winners will receive a prize and promotion of the photograph.

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Attention River Enthusiasts!

Stream Scholars Float
Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Your Generosity Motivates Us!

Photo by Bill Blauvelt

Every donation motivates us to continue the important work of permanently protecting land and conserving natural resources in the Cacapon and Lost Rivers watershed. With your support, this area of West Virginia will continue to be a special place to live, work and visit.

Please click here to help protect land, water quality, wildlife and the rural experience in the Cacapon and Lost Rivers watershed.


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