"What I love is that the land we protect today will be safeguarded forever. That's what NVCT is all about – applying conservation expertise to serve the best interests of our landowners, community and the plants and animals that occupy these lands." -Matt Gerhart, NVCT Conservation Director

The Northern Virginia Conservation Trust is committed to saving nearby nature across the region, with more than 8,000 acres conserved in the last 25 years. 

​We work collaboratively with landowners to conserve land in the northern Virginia region. Whether or not to protect your land involves a thoughtful review of the goals you have for your property, its features, financial considerations, and your family’s vision for your property's future. NVCT is committed to helping you assess the various options available to you.

Since the community benefits from the conservation of open spaces and natural areas, there are potential tax incentives available for private landowners who conserve and donate their land. NVCT can help you examine the possible federal and state income tax implications associated with your property, in addition to the federal, state, and local real estate and estate tax benefits and reductions that may apply to you and your property.


To discuss land conservation, please contact NVCT Conservation Director Matt Gerhart at 703.354.5093. Your initial queries will be held in confidence.

Land Conservation Options


Conservation Easements

Conservation easements are voluntary legal agreements that landowners enter to permanently restrict the uses of their land.


Conservation easements are NVCT’s most common, most effective way of protecting land.

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Land Transfers

A gift of land for conservation is a generous legacy a landowner can provide to future generations, as well as to honor those who came before them.


Tax Benefits




Like other donations, there are significant tax deductions and tax credits that provide incentives for people to make gifts of conserved land.

Every property has its unique makeup. Likewise, every conservation easement is unique to itself. NVCT can help landowners identify options, but it is essential to consult your own legal and tax professionals for advice before any transaction.


Name: Hidden Covey Farm

Location: Loudoun County

Conservation Value:

  • Watershed Protection

  • Historic preservation

  • Agriculture and Forestry

  • Natural Habitat

  • Scenic Open Space

Size:75 Acres

Public Access: No

Partners: NRCS; VLCF; Loudoun County (co-holder)