We are weeks away from the deadline to save 100 acres of beautiful land in Stafford County. 

Now, we have an anonymous donor matching gifts up to $20,000.

Give by January 31st and your donation could be doubled!

Donate Now to Help These Crow's Nest Residents!


Species of waterfowl


Neotropical migratory songbirds, 

10 of which are high priority species to Partners in Flight


Species of inter-jurisdictional fish,

Including the at-risk shortnose sturgeon

Plant species significant to

the Coastal Plain of Virginia


And of course, the Great Blue Herons!

Over the last 20 years, we have worked with local officials and Stafford County residents to preserve more than 3,000 acres of ecologically important lands on Crow's Nest Peninsula near Fredericksburg. The preserve includes nearly 250 Great Blue Heron nests, but Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve and the Potomac Creek Heronry are so much more. They serve as habitat for many at-risk animal and plant species.

Your Support Matters! We have a short-term, critical chance to expand the Potomac Creek Heronry by more than 100 acres. Your support can help to ensure this property will never be developed and instead will be added to the Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve.

This land, expanding our current Great Blue Heron Rookery, is full of the same vibrant

and important species that are losing habitat along the east coast at an alarming rate. Home to the Potomac Creek and several unnamed tributaries, this parcel would protect nearly 80 additional acres of wetlands. Approximately 60% of the property has been designated wetlands by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Wetlands Inventory.

Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve
Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve
NVCT Protected Heronry

The property falls within an Essential Conservation Site, and its preservation will

protect five of Virginia's highest quality examples of natural heritage resources:

Tidal Freshwater Marsh (Global Rank G3; State Rank S3)


Northern Coastal Plain/Piedmont Mesic Mixed Hardwood Forest (G5; S5)

Colonial Wading Bird Colony (G5; S2)

Central Appalachian/Inner-Piedmont Chestnut Oak Forest (G5; S5)

Coastal Plain/Outer Piedmont Basic Mesic Forest (G4; S3)

It will cost NVCT a total of $497,000 to permanently protect these valuable wetlands. 

The Commonwealth of Virginia has ranked this site as their number one Natural Area project for 2019, awarding NVCT a Land Conservation Foundation grant that will cover 50% of the required funding. Other friends like you are already stepping up as well.

Now, we need your help to finish the job! We have until January 31, 2020 to protect this incredible place forever.

The Potomac Creek Heronry is...

The area provides habitat for bald eagles, rare plants, 25 species of waterfowl, and many species of neo-tropical migratory birds.


Preserving and restoring land are the simplest ways to combat climate change at the local level. 


60% of the property is ecologically valuable wetlands most of which are rated outstanding by the VA Department of Forestry.


This property expands Stafford County’s largest piece of undeveloped land.


Portions of the property are ranked 4 out of 5 on the Virginia Development Vulnerability Model.


More Information:
Alan Rowsome
Executive Director
(703) 354-5093

4022-A Hummer Road

Annandale, VA 22003




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