Help Us Save Accokeek Bottomlands at Crow's Nest!
Accokeek Bottomlands at Crow's Nest is a 52-acre property comprised of high-value wetlands and home to dozens of at-risk species. The entire area provides critical habitat for bald eagles, great blue herons, 25 species of waterfowl, rare plants, and countless neo-tropical migratory birds.
When Opportunity Called
In February 2021, Virginia's Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) identified a high-priority land acquisition for Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve in Stafford County. The landowners needed a quick closing, so DCR asked NVCT to purchase the property with the goal of making the parcel a permanent addition to Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve.
Why Save Accokeek Bottomlands?
This is a unique opportunity to expand the Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve that we cannot afford to miss, and with development pressures on the site, time is of the essence. The Accokeek Bottomlands tract is critical and it is under threat. Finding a way to protect it and add it to Crow’s Nest would potentially provide flexibility for new public access points to the preserve in the future, and would build upon NVCT’s long-standing commitment of enhancing this incredible natural area for future generations.
Additionally, DCR ranked the Accokeek Bottomlands as the third-highest conservation project in the Natural Area Preservation category this year.
Within the Lower Potomac watershed, nearly the entire parcel rates 3 of 5 – High in Conservation Priority of Watershed Model and ranked 4 (Very High) and 5 (Outstanding) for Forestry according to the Natural Heritage Data Explorer (NHDE).
Partners in this Acquisition
Thanks to bridge financing provided by The Conservation Fund's Conservation Loans Program and in partnership with Virginia's Department of Conservation, NVCT has secured most of the required funding to purchase and permanently protect this property forever, but we are not there yet.