Our Mission

Chartered in 1998, the Blue Ridge Foothills Conservancy is a private, non-profit land trust working primarily in Madison and Greene counties in central Virginia. Our mission is to conserve, through voluntary land protection, the agricultural, scenic, natural, historic and recreational resources that define the rural character of our communities. 

Conservation Maps

Greene County

Madison County

What We Do

Land stewardship can take many forms -

  • Farmland and open space protection
  • Conservation site planning assistance
  • Natural, historic and recreational resource inventories
  • Educational programs on land conservation

Land stewardship and a respect for private property rights are deeply rooted traditions of the people of the Blue Ridge Foothills. Consistent with these traditions, the Blue Ridge Foothills Conservancy works directly with landowners to identify voluntary land protection options that meet each landowner's financial needs and also ensure that future generations can enjoy the special qualities of their land.
Land protection tools include -

  • Donation of conservation easements
  • Bequests of land
  • Life Estate
  • Purchase of Development Rights/Agricultural or Riparian Easements
  • Bargain Sale
  • Limited Development
  • Agricultural and Forestal Districts

How You Can Help

We welcome the support of residents, businesses, community organizations, and visitors to our counties. And we seek innovative partnerships to accomplish our mission of saving and protecting land in the Blue Ridge region.

You can make a difference. Your support of the Blue Ridge Foothills Conservancy will help conserve the scenic beauty, farmlands, historic resources, and rural character of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.

You can join us at any of several levels -

Member (1 person) - $35

Family - $50

Steward -

Protector - $250 

Friend - $500

Guardian of the Land -

Conservator - $3000

Legacy Leader - $5000

Make your donation payable to Blue Ridge Foothills Conservancy. Please include your address, telephone number and; e-mail, if appropriate.
Also please let us know if you want to volunteer.  If you need more information about your options for protecting your land e-mail us

Our mailing address is:

Blue Ridge Foothills Conservancy
P.O. Box 116
Hood, Virginia  22723-0116

540 948-5444  (Madison) 

For newsletter input or inquiry, email:


Thank You!

2016 Board of Directors

Carl Schmitt, President

Trish Crowe, Vice President

Russell James,  Secretary

  Bill Scholten, Treasurer

Sherry Buttrick, Virginia Outdoors Foundation

Alton Keel

James Maloney

John Moore

Chip Morris

Kendall Tata

Gail Trimmer Unterman

Advisory Board

Frank Baisiolli, 500 Year Forest Foundation

Peter Hujik, Piedmont Environmental Council

Brad Jarvis, Virginia Cooperative Extension

Kristin Jones, Virginia Outdoors Foundation

  Rex Linville, Piedmont Environmental Council

  Carole Nash

  Jackie Pamenter, Special Events  

  Peter Rice, Shenandoah National Park Trust

  Robin Rider

  Mike Santucci, VA Department of Forestry

  Robbi Savage, Rivanna Conservation Society

Partner Links

Patricia Temples, Photographer:  The Voices of the Land

Firnew Farm Artist's Circle

Larry Behunek, Photographer