Capital Region Land Conservancy, Inc.
P.O. Box 17306
Richmond VA 23226
Mission Statement

The Capital Region Land Conservancy is Central Virginia’s only land trust dedicated solely to serving the City of Richmond and Chesterfield, Henrico, Hanover, Goochland, Powhatan, New Kent and Charles City counties. Our mission is is to conserve and protect the natural and historic land and water resources of Virginia’s Capital Region for the benefit of current and future generations.

 

Web and Social Media
Sunset on the James (by J. Bullock)
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Parker C Agelasto
Board Chair Bill Greenleaf
Board Chair Company Affiliation Virginia Community Capital
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 17306
Richmond, VA 23226
Telephone 804 745-3110
Fax 0 000-0000
E-mail bill@capitalregionland.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2005
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $79,000.00
Projected Expenses $78,760.00
Additional Documents
Articles of Merger2014View
Articles of Merger2009View
Statements
Mission

The Capital Region Land Conservancy is Central Virginia’s only land trust dedicated solely to serving the City of Richmond and Chesterfield, Henrico, Hanover, Goochland, Powhatan, New Kent and Charles City counties. Our mission is is to conserve and protect the natural and historic land and water resources of Virginia’s Capital Region for the benefit of current and future generations.

 

Impact

2014 was a very active year for CRLC and the Our Land and Water program, which focuses on protecting the region’s drinking water and helping restore the Chesapeake Bay through strategic land conservation in the Richmond region. Key achievements this past year included:

  • Recording our first co-held easement with the Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation district on nearly 10 acres of high-value farmland
  • Merging with the important local conservation group, Friends of Chesterfield’s Riverfront, after which the number of our acres in stewardship rose above the 1,000 acre mark
  • Coordinating a guided nature hike of the 262-acre Brown & Williamson Conservation Area in Chester along the James River and of the 70-acre conserved Tucker property in Hanover
  • Leading a “Conservation Conversation” event at historic Belmead in Powhatan, bringing together conservation landowners and those interested in voluntarily protecting their land


In 2015, CRLC is working to achieve the following key goals:

  • Beginning the creation of trails to allow more access to the Brown & Williamson Conservation Area in Chester
  • Partnering with the Chesapeake Conservancy on strategic conservation initiatives in the Middle James River watershed
  • Diversify our revenue stream through broadened individual donor support
  • Increase and deepen partnerships with other area conservation organizations
  • Expand awareness and impact of CRLC’s land conservation efforts within the Richmond community as a whole

 

Needs

CRLC is most in need of enhanced financing to support ongoing programmatic work, staffing, stewardship of conserved lands, necessary equipment and technological tools, and ultimately – a permanent office location. We are currently staffed with two part-time, contract employees; additional funding is necessary to ultimately secure regular employment of our dedicated staff.

Background
Incorporated in Virginia in March 2005 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, CRLC was created in order to fill a void in natural resource conservation in the Richmond area. It is the only non-profit organization devoted specifically to the conservation of land within the capital region. CRLC uses a cooperative approach to conservation that balances economic growth with natural resource protection by promoting voluntary land protection through the donation of conservation easements.
 
Although there are other Richmond area organizations which serve a variety of conservation needs, CRLC fulfills a unique role in the region because it is the only regionally focused land conservancy. CRLC exists to increase the amount of conserved land in the capital region, and it alone devotes its resources to increasing area landowners’ knowledge of conservation easements as a land protection tool and assisting landowners during the often lengthy and confusing easement donation process.
 
A conservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust or government agency (the “holder” of the easement) that permanently prohibits specified uses of the land in order to protect its conservation value. By entering into such an agreement, a property owner foregoes certain land development options in exchange for the legacy of permanently protecting the land and state and federal tax incentives associated with the charitable donation of an easement. The landowner continues to own and maintains the right to convey the property. The “holder”, or entity which holds the conservation easement, provides ongoing oversight to ensure compliance with the terms of the easement.
 
Other land protection strategies include government acquisition of property and land use regulation. CRLC’s model of promoting voluntary land protection has proven to be the most effective means of protecting privately owned land. Conservation easements have permanently preserved over 500,000 acres of land in Virginia and over 15,500 acres in the Richmond area. CRLC offers a private sector solution with significant public benefit.
 
The Richmond region is a diverse blend of urban, suburban, and rural communities whose heritage is closely tied to the area’s natural features and resources. Achieving a healthy balance among these communities and sustaining the quality of life they offer means protecting the farms, forests, air, water, and wildlife their residents rely upon and enjoy. CRLC’s mission furthers this goal.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Metro Richmond
Counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, and Powhatan; and the City of Richmond
Board Chair
Board Chair Bill Greenleaf
Company Affiliation Virginia Community Capital
Term Mar 2005 to Dec 2017
Email bill@capitalregionland.org
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mary Susan Davies Attorney
Mark Endries Luck Stone
Bill Greenleaf Virginia Community Capital
Leah Henschen SunTrust Bank
Dan Jones Gallier Meyer Real Estate
Bobby Lamb Attorney in Private Practice
Anj McClain Catapult Inc.
Philip Reed McLean-Faulconer, Inc.
Aaron Revere Resource Environmental Solutions
Brooks Smith Troutman Sanders LLP
Tad Thompson Tuckahoe Plantation
Brian J. Watson Markel Corporation
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 2
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 76
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 20
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Finance
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Walter Beck Vulcan Materials
Thomas J. Mascia Resource Environmental Solutions
F. Scott Reed Prologue Systems
Sarah Richardson Va. Dept. of Conservation & Recreation
Carol Wampler Retired, VA Department of Environmental Quality
Executive Director
Executive Director Parker C Agelasto
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Tara Quinn Executive Director
Staff
Contractors 2
Retention Rate 50
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2015
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Collaborations


Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Governor's Environmental Excellence Award (for Land Conservation)Commonwealth of Virginia2010
Governor's Environmental Excellence Honorable Mention (land conservation)Commonwealth of Virginia2012
Programs
Description
Do you often wonder what the Richmond area will look like in 20 years?  Think about how the region has changed over the past 20 years. Will that scenic drive along open meadows or forests look the same?  The counties surrounding the City of Richmond have been rapidly developing, and this growth is often fragmented.  There is currently a crucial need to preserve strategic natural areas in order to ensure continued safe drinking water for the region.
 
Our Land and Water is a program to improve and protect water quality in the Richmond area by protecting from development lands which significantly impact water quality. The Capital Region Land Conservancy works to accomplish this goal by educating landowners about land conservation tools, facilitating the creation of conservation easements, particularly in riparian (river and stream bank) areas, and educating the community about the importance of preserving undeveloped land in order to improve and protect the area’s water quality.
 
 
Budget $67,000.00
Description In partnership with the Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation, the Capital Region Land Conservancy (CRLC) seeks to develop trails, interpretive signage, and access at the 262-acre Brown & Williamson Conservation Area in Chesterfield County. The site is owned by the County and is under a conservation easement co-held by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation and CRLC. CRLC acquired joint stewardship responsibility of the property following its recent merger with Friends of Chesterfield's Riverfront and previously partnered with the County in the preservation of 109 acres for use as the next county park -- Atkins Acres. The property is bordered by the James River on the north, the DuPont Teijin plant on the east, the former Brown & Williamson facility/Enon Church Rd. on the west, and Bermuda Hundred Rd. to the south. It includes a 20-acre pond, diverse woodlands, bottomlands, mature hardwood forests, and high stable bluffs. The James River at this site's location has been deemed worthy of designation as a Virginia Scenic River and the area is also home to bald eagle nesting areas. The County and CRLC would ultimately like to see the Conservation Area serve as a passive recreation area. The Walk Our Wilderness Program (W.O.W.) will be the first step in realizing our ultimate vision for this property as a place where the public can directly experience unspoiled nature. While the Conservation Area has been protected under a conservation easement since 2004 which protects its natural habitats, open spaces, and water quality, there are few occasions for the public to access the property or benefit from its inherent environmental education opportunities. The first phase of the project will allow for the creation of a two-mile trail system at the site.
Budget $25,000.00
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $79,000.00
Projected Expenses $78,760.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$46,628$43,911$47,918
Administration Expense$13,571$15,623$11,649
Fundraising Expense$550$2,300$5,245
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.631.040.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses77%71%74%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%4%9%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$159,167$124,294$121,649
Current Assets$76,193$122,755$69,453
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$3,853$3,070$2,888
Total Net Assets$155,314$121,224$118,761
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities19.7739.9924.05
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2017View