In 2017, recognizing an opportunity to increase coordination and teamwork towards achieving shared goals in water quality, soil health, and farmland protection, Alliance for the Shenandoah Valley spearheaded the creation of the Shenandoah Valley Conservation Collaborative (SVCC).
Shenandoah Valley Conservation Collaborative
The SVCC is a partnership of regional nonprofits, land trusts, watershed groups, and state and federal conservation agencies. Through the SVCC, these partners identify opportunities, coordinate expertise, and motivate conservation action. The SVCC creates a formal way for partners to leverage each other’s strengths, networks, and funding sources to increase outcomes beyond what any partner could acting individually.
Through the SVCC partners have brought more than $6 million to our region for land and water conservation. This funding goes towards:
- Protecting rural land in permanent conservation easements
- Implementing practices on farms that improve local water quality and build healthy soils
- Improving outreach and networking with landowners and farmers
- Managing the Shenandoah Valley Fund
- Testing innovative approaches to land and water conservation
The SVCC is supported by two full time staff members, the Project Manager who works to build collaborative capacity and strengthen the partnership, and the Conservation Field Assistant who works directly with local Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
Conservation Field Assistant, Shenandoah Valley Conservation Collaborative
Conservation Landowner Profiles
Transportation Planning & Land Conservation go Hand-in-Hand
With a guarantee that there will never be subdivisions, supermarkets, or strip malls to service, replacing a rural roadway with a four lane highway becomes a poor investment.
What’s so funny about Peace, Love, & Land Conservation?
How can one protect a viewshed, not only for today and tomorrow, but forever? Enter the land protection tool known as the conservation easement.
Taking care of our piece of the Bay
We are the first stewards of the water that travels from our springs into our streams, through our fields and towns and eventually into the Chesapeake Bay.
A happy farm and a healthy watershed in Page County
The Cumbia family have grown and adapted their management so that their farm operates in concert with the resources they steward on their property.
Catching the Land Protection Bug
Last fall, Robert Hupman and four generations of his family celebrated a new conservation easement protecting their 432 acres of mountain land.
Summer 2021 Pasture Walks
This summer, more than 60 area producers joined Shenandoah Valley Conservation Collaborative (SVCC) partners to tour two local farms.
Browntown Community Members Learn About Conservation Easements
Browntown residents learned how land protection is a great tool to protect family farms and improve water quality.
A mostly good session in Richmond for farmland protection and clean water
Several of the bills that we supported are on Governor Northam’s desk awaiting signature, and the budget ended up relatively strong for clean water and farmland protection programs, considering current fiscal constraints.
Partnership effort to preserve forestland and rich history
It can take a village to preserve such a treasured place. Nearly 50 people, including the Bullard family and Potomac Conservancy staff, worked together to protect this special land for generations to come.
Support conservation for water quality and rural economies
A committee of state legislators is meeting right now to finalize the budget. Please ask the members of this committee to support sufficient funding for land conservation and agricultural best management practices, like stream livestock exclusion and native tree planting. In order to meet the state’s 2025 water quality goals, there must be funding in place to get this work done.