Real Local RVA’s July Meeting
Capital Region Land Conservancy
with Parker Agelasto
Monday’s meeting at Hardywood Richmond was full of insightful information into how land conservation works, and what our local land conservation organization is doing to protect both our lands and waterways for future generations. Parker Agelasto joined the CRLC in 2015 as their Executive Director and has made a huge impact in just three short years.
Parker talked about a few of the other organizations with common goals that often work in our area including the Nature Conservancy, the Land Trust of VA, and the Civil War Trust. These organizations will often work together to complete a project, however the CRLC is the only one that is specifically focused on serving the City of Richmond, Chesterfield, Henrico, Hanover, Goochland, Powhatan, New Kent, and Charles City counties. They are doing great work right in our backyard!
Why are conservation easements important to all of us? They help define and establish shared values:
- Local Food Supply
- Cultural Identity
- Land Ethic
- Smart Growth and Future Planning
- Personal Connection to the Land
While the actual ins and outs of the conservation easement process is very detailed and complicated, the benefits are simple to understand. By balancing growth in our communities with conservation of our natural environment, we can ensure that the places we love will be enjoyed by the generations that follow in our footsteps.
Many thanks to Parker for taking the time to share this important information. Thanks to our hosts at Hardywood, to Taylor Made Chocolate and Blanchard’s Coffee for the delicious food and drink, and to all who joined us. If you feel compelled to support the mission of the CRLC you can make a gift here. They are also the recipient of Ellwood Thompson’s 5% Day on Sunday, July 15th. See below for more information.
DATE: Monday, August 6th
TIME: 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
LOCATION: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church