Acquisition of Conservation Easements (ACE) Program for Albemarle County
The ACE (Acquisition of Conservation Easements) Program is a voluntary land protection program developed by the County to purchase easements on family farms and rural properties owned by landowners of modest means - those who would receive little or no financial benefit from a donated easement.
A C.R.E.P. (Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program) land conservation easement is an option after the landowner installs riparian buffer protection on agricultural land, coordinated by the US Natural Resources Conservation Service or a Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District. The easement is held by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Call DCR: 804-786-7717.
Historic Green Springs
Historic Green Springs, Inc., is a land trust that holds easements in the US Park Service designated National Historic Landmark District in Louisa County. Contact them at P.O. Box 1685,Louisa, VA 23093-1685 or phone (540) 967-1099.
The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy is a leading international nonprofit organization that preserves plants, animals and natural communities representing the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.Through its science-based planning, the Conservancy has identified five watersheds and 22 examples of large contiguous native forests in the Virginia Piedmont Region as priority sites for protection.
Piedmont Environmental Council
The Piedmont Environmental Councilpromotes and protects the Virginia Piedmonts rural economy, natural resources, history and beauty. They promote the donations of conservation and open-space easements and offer assistance in the process.
Virginia Outdoors Foundation
The Virginia Outdoors Foundation was established in 1966 by the General Assembly to conserve and protect Virginia's scenic, natural, historic, recreational, scientific, and open-space areas for the benefit of the public. The primary mechanism for accomplishing this mission is its open-space easement program.