Land Trust of the Eastern Panhandle:
Your Partner in Rural Conservation
The Land Trust of the Eastern Panhandle was formed in 1994 to provide landowners and concerned citizens with a powerful tool to safeguard farmland, open space, scenic views, parkland and historic landscapes for future generations.
A private, non-profit, tax-exempt organization, the Land Trust was incorporated in 1995 in West Virginia and is governed by a volunteer board of local residents from Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties. The Land Trust uses a formula that has been successful all over the country, providing landowners flexible and creative legal methods to protect land. The primary method, a perpetual conservation easement, has potential income and estate tax benefits.
OUR MISSION is to encourage people to preserve open space and rural landscapes in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle. We use landowner voluntary initiatives and education to:
- Preserve the scenic beauty and historic character that have long made this region attractive to people;
- Promote a healthy, balanced local economy by preserving productive farmland and encouraging appropriate development;
- Encourage wise stewardship of the region’s natural resources.