Northern Neck Land Conservancy, Inc.
P.O. Box 125
Lancaster VA 22503
Mission Statement To preserve the rural heritage of the Northern Neck of Virginia by conserving its lands, waters, economies and culture for future generations.
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Elizabeth Friel
Board Chair Mr. Lawrenece Latane
Board Chair Company Affiliation Owner, Blenheim Organic Gardens
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 125
Lancaster, VA 22503
Telephone 804 462-0979
Fax 804 462-5232
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2004
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $157,500.00
Projected Expenses $157,500.00
Mission To preserve the rural heritage of the Northern Neck of Virginia by conserving its lands, waters, economies and culture for future generations.
Impact The Northern Neck Land Conservancy (NNLC) has assisted landowners in placing land conservation easements which have permanently protected over 15,057 acres of natural areas, farmland, wetlands, and timberstands. In its ten year history, the NNLC has grown to over 880 families, 75 volunteers, and is governed by a prestigious Board of Directors. NNLC has co-sponsored 8 seminars for attorneys, accountants and the public on the benefits and strategies of conservation easements; held 8 farm country gatherings, published a guidebook, "Preserve The Land You Love", a manual for establishing conservation easements, conducted guided educational tours, published and distributed "Protecting Your Investment and Our Heritage", a best management practices guide to river-friendly living; co-published a brochure "Preserving Farmland for the Future" explaining the value of conservation easements for farmland, worked closely with local governments resulting in five counties voting to co-hold easements with NNLC, and commissioned the Northern Neck License Plate. The NNLC, in partnership with the Garden Club of the Northern Neck, has produced 40,000 placemats on the conservation value of Cat Point Creek to be distributed in area restaurants. The land trust has been accredited through the national Land Trust Alliance.

The Northern Neck's rural heritage is at risk from unprecedented development pressure. As a result, NNLC launched "Vision 2020", a new commitment to preservation. We have challenged ourselves to conserve 200 valuable acres for each of the next five years, for a total of 1,000 acres saved by 2020.

 The Northern Neck Land Conservancy is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, supported by annual membership dues, donations and grants. A 16-member Board of Directors, comprised of community leaders from throughout the Northern Neck, governs the organization.
The Conservancy is dedicated to preserving the rural heritage of the Northern Neck of Virginia by conserving its lands, water, economies and culture for future generations. Five counties comprise the Northern Neck: Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, Westmoreland and King George. These counties, along with recently added Essex County, are nestled by and between the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers and contain some of the most critical farmland, prime fishing and stunning historical sites in all of the Commonwealth.
CEO Statement
The Northern Neck Land Conservancy is the only land trust located on the coastal peninsula in the Northern Neck of Virginia. Our region encompasses a six-county area, approximately the size of Delaware. The geography is predominantly flat and the area is rural. Fishing, farming, and oyster harvesting are occupations that have been thriving for generations on the Northern Neck. Our woodlands and waterways are beautiful and abound with life. Our area has as it boundaries the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. This gives us a very important role in protecting these waterways and in conserving land in order to preserve the health of our community now and for future generations.
Board Chair Statement
The Northern Neck Land Conservancy is a small non-profit organization that makes a large impact on the natural beauty and richness of the Northern Neck. Through the assistance they provide, many landowners can continue to own and enjoy the land they have worked so hard to maintain, knowing that future generations will have the environment preserved and the land still there to be savored as it now stands.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Lancaster County
Northern Neck
Northumberland County
Richmond County
Westmoreland County
Essex County

The Northern Neck Area of Virginia: Counties of King George, Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, Westmoreland and Essex

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Lawrenece Latane
Company Affiliation Owner, Blenheim Organic Gardens
Term July 2017 to June 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Mr. Bill Armstrong Community Volunteer
Capt. Stuart Ashton US Navy (ret)/VP pf Flight Operations Wyle, Inc.
Sherry Germain Davenport LLC.
Betsy Hardy Master Gardener
Mr. M. Kirwan King Community Volunteer
Mr. Lawrence W. Latane Community Volunteer
Jean Light Chesapeake Bank
Mr. Jim Lynch Community Volunteer
Mrs. Susan Moore Community Volunteer
Patrick Neill Community Volunteer
James Russell Commonwealth Financial Consulting, LLC
Allen Withers Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 4
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Mrs. Elizabeth Friel
The NNLC's Executive Director provides management direction to the part time staff and contractors. The Executive Director manages the office, is responsible for major fundraising, communication activities, event planning and supervision and management systems.  The Office Manager reports to the Executive Director.  The Finance Manager maintains the financial records, the volunteer hours and the donor database as well as managing the office.
The NNLC Executive Director previously worked for the Willamsburg Land Conservancy as Assistant Director.  She previously was the Planning Director for the City of Falls Church Virginia and worked in environmental planning in Richmond and Hampton Roads.  She has her bachelor's degree in Urban & Regional Planning and her graduate degree in M.A. Geography with concentration in Urban Planning. 
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 75
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Nov 2012
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Scenic Land PreservationScenic Virginia2011
Governor's Environmental Excellence Silver AwardVirginia Department of Environmental Quality2012
Bessie Bocock Carter Conservation AwardGarden Club of Virginia2012
Partners in Conservation AwardUS Department of the Interior2009
Our Cat Point Creek Program is designed to educate land owners living in the area about the preservation values that significantly impact the quality of life around them. We also work with landowners and like-minded organizations to help preserve this land by facilitating the placement of conservation easements. Any interested landowner, who voluntarily wishes to protect his or her land from future development and preserve the current natural state of their lands, is welcome to work with us to achieve their goal.
Population Served Adults
This outreach program is designed to create informal gatherings hosted by a landowner who has placed a conservation easement on their property. The landowner invites neighbors and friends who may also want information on the process and benefits of protecting their lands with conservation easements. A short presentation by NNLC staff is made and attendees have the opportunity to ask questions and gather information in a comfortable setting. Presentation materials, handouts, staff, invitations and mailing costs need to be funded.
Budget $0.00
Description Our Boots and Barbecue event is in its 13th year, and has grown from an initial recognition of volunteers to a large community educational event. For several hours on a day in the fall, the NNLC brings together speakers from noteworthy conservation foundations, over 25 conservation-minded organizations, local and state legislators, and the public to learn about efforts to protect land in Virginia and to protect the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Topics presented include shoreline protection, sustainable forestry, best management practices for land protection and controlling erosion, preserving wildlife habitat, and methods of protecting our natural resources. Exhibits include bee keeping, oyster gardening, Northern Neck historical preservation, soil and water conservation, native plant growing, and many more focused on proper land use and protective measures to conserve land.
Population Served General/Unspecified
Budget $15,000.00
Short Term Success Short term success is the education of the community about land preservation. It is hoped that the organization will work on at least two conservation easements per year as a result of this outreach.
Long Term Success Ultimate changes resulting from this program is the additional preservation of land averaging 200 or more acres per year in the Northern Neck of Virginia.

 The NNLC will protect 200 acres a year with the goal of conserving 1,000 of the most valuable conservation lands in the Northern Neck by 2020. The Vision 2020 Campaign will take place starting in January 2016 through to January 2020.

The reason for this campaign is simple - time is running out. We have only to look at the recent land use changes at  Fones Cliffs in Richmond County to see that our beautiful waterways, forests and fields risk development that is insensitive to the best interests of the Northern Neck. To respond to this growing threat, in 2016 NNLC is launching Vision 2020, a new commitment to preservation. We have challenged ourselves to conserve 200 valuable acres for each of the next five years, for a total of 1,000 acres saved by 2020. This will require a great deal of work and even greater financial resources.

Population Served General/Unspecified
Budget $15,000.00
Short Term Success 200 acres will be preserved annually.
Long Term Success 1000 new prime acres will be protected with public access to the Northern Neck's special waterways.
CEO/ED/Board Comments
The challenge that faces our organization is that some people do not understand the conservation easement process. Misinformation and fears cause landowners to resist approaching the topic of conservation easements. Often, property owners are confused and think that they will lose their property rights. We need to take every opportunity we have to educate the public about the value of conservation easements and the truth behind the process and our organization.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $157,500.00
Projected Expenses $157,500.00
Spending Policy Income plus capital appreciation
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$96,148--$70,770
Administration Expense$19,158--$66,202
Fundraising Expense$1,500--$9,793
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.99--1.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%--48%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%--7%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$107,225--$111,406
Current Assets$102,639--$105,962
Long-Term Liabilities$0--$0
Current Liabilities$930--$15,279
Total Net Assets$106,295--$96,127
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities110.36--6.94
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%--0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose Annual fundraising campaign for donor support that is the foundation of the organization.
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 11/2016View
Foundation Comments
  • If an organization has gross receipts less than $200,000 and total assets at the end of the tax year less than $500,000, it can choose to file Form 990-EZ.