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

Rooted in the Watershed

In Hollows, Peepers & Highlanders: an Appalachian Mountain Ecology, George Constantz writes of his good fortune coming upon a lady’s-slipper. He explains in wonderful detail how "colossally improbable" it is to find this plant in the watershed’s woods because of its complicated pollination and growing cycle. Some lady’s-slippers seeds can be as tiny as one-hundredth of an inch! A member of the orchid family, there are 110 species of lady’s-slippers worldwide, and according to George, "not ancestral to any other group of orchids." This species went out on its own -- "an evolutionary tangent that preserved its own unique features."

Perhaps some thought it was "colossally improbable" back in 1990 that six landowners in the Cacapon and Lost Rivers watershed would succeed in growing a local land trust to protect the watershed from development harm. Thirty years later, the Cacapon and Lost Rivers Land Trust is firmly planted in the watershed protecting more than 14,000 acres of farms, forests, waterways, and open space. Our success stems from upholding our organization’s unique features and values.

We have a familial appreciation for farmers and forest owners in this watershed, a deep and abiding concern for protecting the rural experience. Our core values of respect, integrity, stewardship, collaborative leadership, and excellence have helped germinate scores of lasting and impactful partnerships. These partnerships continue to result in protecting healthy waters and wildlife, productive farms, and forests. We are a land trust rooted in the soil and soul of this watershed.

Our 2020-2025 Healing Waters Strategic Plan continues our evolution as an organization dedicated to protecting the natural resources of the Cacapon and Lost Rivers watershed. You can read more about our goals for the next five years here. We welcome your support.

Thank you.
Jennifer Jones
Executive Director


Lady's slipper photo by George Constantz

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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

More Land Protection Ahead!

In May, the Board of Directors of the Cacapon and Lost Rivers Land Trust approved the 2020-2025 Healing Waters Strategic Plan that sets out ambitious goals to work with landowners and other partners to protect the natural resources of this beautiful watershed. We welcome your support.

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Interested in protecting your land?

Conservation easements are flexible tools that meet the needs of landowners and protect 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.

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.

Rare Native Plants Found!

Grass Pinks Calapogon Orchid
Calapogn tuberosus

Kates Mountain Clover
Trifolium virginicum

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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