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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 of the families who have offered these parcels and worked tirelessly by our side throughout the fundraising process.

To date, the Trust has raised more than $3.3 million from the following partners:

  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
  • West Virginia Division of Highways
  • USDA Farm and Ranchland Protection Program
  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
  • Hardy Storage (Columbia Gas)
  • Open Space Institute
  • West Virginia Outdoor Heritage Conservation Fund
  • West Virginia Land Trust
  • American Rivers
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Anonymous foundations and private donors

November 20th is the deadline for EQIP Program Application

A protected farm in West Virginia

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

NRCS works on a voluntary basis with private landowners to promote agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible goals. Trained conservationists help landowners document how they want to manage their properties. Financial assistance is available to eligible participants to implement land management goals through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). EQIP can assist with fencing to exclude livestock from riparian areas, woodland, or other environmentally-sensitive areas. The program can help develop water sources for pastures, install culverts to eliminate barriers to aquatic passage in streams, and fix eroding stream banks.

Applications are accepted year-round, but those interested must apply by November 20, 2020 to be eligible for funding available in early 2021.

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

The Trust is also proud to co-sign Agricultural Conservation Easement Agreements with both the Hardy and Hampshire County Farmland Protection Boards. In partnership with these Farmland Protection Boards another $2.7 Million has been raised to protect important farmland in the Cacapon and Lost River Valley.