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THANK YOU TO ALL WHO CAME, ALL WHO CONTRIBUTED TO MAKE IT SO GREAT, AND ALL YOUR GIFTS TO HELP US MEET A GENEROUS $20,000 CHALLENGE GRANT. WE ARE OVER HALF WAY, BUT NEED MORE CONTRIBUTIONS TO SECURE THE FULL GRANT. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD; GIVE ONLINE BEFORE THE GHOULS AND GOBBLINS TAKE TO THE STREETS ON HALLOWS EVE!! SEE BELOW...
WHO WE ARE....
In 1993, a roomful of local citizens debated how, in the face of rapid development, to protect lands in Washington County that were part of our sense of place; scenic vistas, farmlands, historic sites, recreational access, and wildlife habitat. From those meetings, motivated by big dreams, the Virgin River Land Preservation Association was born.
Over our first 20 years, many friendships have been formed, challenges faced, funds raised, and successes celebrated as we have dedicated ourselves to our mission to work with landowners and communities to protect southwestern Utah’s heritage of scenic vistas, open lands, and quality of life. Accomplishments are candles on the cake and jewels upon the landscape – here are some of our sparkling highlights:
· Pine Valley Meadows
· Smith Mesa
· East Zion
These special places are preserved for future generations to enjoy, thanks to the vision and dedication of the landowners who recognized their land was important to the larger community. They permanently protected their privately-owned open land with the voluntary conservation options offered by a land trust...conservation easements.
The Virgin River Land Preservation Association is a community-based 501(c)3 nonprofit land trust working to preserve lands with recreational, scenic, ecological, agricultural, and other conservation values in the Virgin River basin. We offer alternatives to land use regulation that are voluntary, meet the needs of the private property owner, and permanently protect open land. These techniques include purchases of land or development rights at fair market value, tax deductions for charitable donations of land or conservation easements, and a unique combination of purchase and donation known as a “bargain sale.”
Since our incorporation in 1993, we have helped landowners permanently conserve over 4000 acres of privately owned open lands.
ALL CONTRIBUTIONS BY 10/31/2013 TO BE DOUBLED BY A MATCHING GRANT!! YOUR GIFT WILL GO TWICE AS FAR....PLEASE HELP US PROTECT MORE OF WHAT YOU LOVE BY GIVING NOW!
Land conservation is a responsibility that never quits, and a passion that never ends. VRLPA is committed to stewarding the lands we already hold as conservation easements, maintaining our organizational capacity to fulfill our obligations into the future, and working with landowners to preserve MORE. The pressure to develop special places is increasing as we come out of the economic recession, so time is of the essence. One of our dear friends sees this challenge, and has made the generous pledge to match all contributions made through the end of October, up to $20,000. Your support through a tax-deductible gift today makes it possible for us to move forward tomorrow with our work to protect MORE open spaces, MORE wildlife habitat, MORE recreational opportunities, and MORE agricultural land in this unique and beautiful southwestern corner of Utah.
East Zion Buffalo Meadows Protected with a Conservation Easement
Thanks to the dedication and vision of a major landowner in east Zion, the support of the Kane County Commission, and the support of State Bank of Southern Utah, we have successfully completed our first conservation easement in Kane County. The Buffalo Meadow has become a well-known landmark on the east side of Zion National Park. Over 300 acres in size, its protection helps ensure future agricultural uses in the scenic east entrance corridor. Please join us in expressing appreciation to the funders that made this acquisition possible:
YOUR DONATIONS AT WORK
Virgin River Land Working to Expand Easements in Pine Valley Meadows
Your donation helps support additional easements in Pine Valley Meadows. Current easements protect agricultural uses on the west side of the lane, and we are ready to expand that protection to the east side. VRLPA has been approached by additional landowners wanting to permanently dedicate their meadow property for agricultural use by retiring their development rights.
Please consider including VRLPA in your annual giving—the gift of open land is a gift that lasts and makes the world a better place for all.
Click on our online donation button or print, complete and mail a membership form today. Go to the 'Support Us' tab, scroll down to 'Ways to Help' and click on the 'membership form' link. Thanks!!
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