Historic Virginia Land Conservancy, Middle Peninsula Land Trust to merge

The Historic Virginia Land Conservancy and the Middle Peninsula Land Trust, two regional conservation groups, have decided to merge their organizations.

The merger will allow the organizations to combine their respective resources and experiences to better protect natural spaces in the area, according to a news release from the Historic Virginia Land Conservancy. The organizations will operate under the Historic Virginia Land Conservancy name, and with its leadership and staff.

“I am pleased for this region as well as the entire conservation community. This merger represents joint efforts by so many of us to ensure protecting property continues for the timeless reasons of legacy, economics and public benefit,” said Patrice Sadler, Historic Virginia Land Conservancy executive director, in the release.

The Historic Virginia Land Conservancy was founded in 1990 as the Historic Rivers Land Conservancy. The organization protects 44 parcels of land, with a total of almost 8,000 acres, in the lower James, York and Rappahannock rivers watersheds, according to the release.

The Middle Peninsula Land Trust, founded in 1997, protects marshes, farmlands, forests and historic resources within the watersheds of the Rappahannock and York rivers, as well as Mobjack Bay. The organization has helped landowners protect 2,011 acres across 17 parcels, the release states.

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