Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has worked to create a future where people and nature thrive together
In Virginia, our innovative science-based solutions are designed to secure clean water in our rivers and bays, foster healthy forests, protect our oceans and coasts, and unleash the power of nature to help us withstand climate change.
- FORESTS AND WOODLANDS. We work to ensure that Virginia’s forests continue to harbor wildlife, support recreation and forestry, and clean the air we breathe and the water we drink.
- RIVERS AND BAYS. From the Chesapeake Bay to the Clinch River, we seek to secure clean water, abundant wildlife and sustainable fisheries for the benefit of people and nature.
- OCEANS AND COASTS. We are revolutionizing ocean management to protect and sustain marine life, coastal communities and a bountiful ocean for generations to come.
- CLIMATE. Protecting and restoring healthy natural systems can enable habitats, wildlife and human communities to withstand climate change and rising seas.
After six-plus decades of setting new conservation milestones, the Conservancy never rests on its laurels. Every day we strive to achieve more — to protect and restore more habitat, forge better public policy and engage more people like you as ambassadors for conservation.
Working for our forests that harbor wildlife, support recreation and clean the air we breathe and the water we drink. Explore
Securing clean water, abundant wildlife and sustainable fisheries from the Chesapeake Bay to the Clinch River. Explore
Revolutionizing ocean management to protect and sustain marine life and coastal communities. Explore
Restoring healthy systems to enable people and nature to ride out changes in our climate. Explore
Where We Work
Protecting special places like the Cowpasture River and Warm Springs Mountain. Explore
Protecting our nation's most important river for imperiled freshwater animals. Explore
The Southern Rivers Program concentrates on five significant river systems: the North Landing, Northwest, Meherrin, Nottoway, and Blackwater rivers. Explore
The Eastern Seaboard's longest coastal wilderness is a hotbed of research and restoration. Explore
Conservation at Work
Coastal forests and rivers feed our largest freshwater estuary. Explore
Can oyster aquaculture help make the Chesapeake Bay cleaner, faster? Watch
Conserving forests and streams in the energy era. Explore
Investing in nature to secure clean water for the Bay and all life that depends on it. Explore
Promoting the health of the Rappahannock, Mattaponi, and Pamunkey rivers, Cat Point Creek, and Dragon Run. Explore
Using nature-based adaptations to confront climate change. Explore
An innovative effort to protect and restore Appalachian forests for people and nature. Explore
An historic agreement protects ocean treasures across a seafloor area the size of Virginia. Explore
Learn more about our approach to natural gas pipeline proposals in Virginia. Explore Q+A
We're working to preserve the quality - and quantity - of drinking water in Virginia. Explore
Restoring Virginia's founding forest. Explore
Charting a course for sustainable fisheries and a healthy ocean. Explore
Our ocean is a vast place - but one that has become increasingly crowded. Mitigating conflict
Dive in to the largest, most successful seagrass restoration project in the world. Explore
Celebrating 20 years conserving wetlands and streams. Explore