There are numerous agencies and organizations that protect land. They accept land from a landowner in fee simple title or under a conservation or open-space easement. They do so to retain the property's natural or open-space values to:
Learn more about the groups that protect land by contacting DCR's Office of Land Conservation (OLC). There are many sources of information and assistance, and the OLC will help you find those that best fit your land protection needs. It is our goal to be Virginia's premier statewide, central contact, repository and clearinghouse for land conservation interests in Virginia. The office will connect you with the information and agency, land trust or organization that best addresses your land conservation needs. For assistance, please contact the Office of Land Conservation, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 600 E. Main St., 24th Floor, Richmond, VA 23219, phone (804) 225-2048; email firstname.lastname@example.org. Click on the following links for descriptions of the types of groups involved in the effort.