The Cacapon and Lost Rivers Land Trust

For more information on conservation easements or to support the work of the Cacapon and Lost Rivers Land Trust please visit our website or contact us at (304) 856-1010 or Route 1 Box 328, High View, WV 26808.



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Cacapon and Lost Rivers Land Trust

Slideshow images copyrighted by Tom Cogill

Natural wonders in the Cacapon River watershed - like Ice Mountain and the wetlands on Short Mountain, the sweep of large remote forests around Sugar Knob and Big Schloss, the iconic scenery of Cacapon Mountain, and the recreational opportunities at Trout Pond and Short Mountain -- are available as public lands for all to enjoy because somebody took action to conserve these lands. Though the privately protected lands in the watershed are not open to the public, they remain critical in maintaining the quality of your Water Trail experience and the healthy and rural nature of this watershed for generations to come. The Cacapon and Lost Rivers Land Trust has worked with the local community to protect the forests, farms, rural heritage, and water quality of the Cacapon and Lost River Valley since 1994. The primary tool by which this mission is accomplished is through the use of conservation easements. Conservation easements are voluntary legal agreements between a landowner and a land trust that protect the land and its conservation values permanently. The Cacapon and Lost Rivers Land Trust, one of the largest land trusts in the state, has helped private landowners protect over 11,000 acres to date. 


Listening to the Land, commissioned by the Cacapon & Lost Rivers Land Trust and published by West Virginia University Press, is a tribute to the people of the Cacapon and Lost River Valley, past and present.Listening to the Land captures the stories about, and powerful photographs of, the love people have for this Valley and their land. These stories describe why some land can’t be bought because of deep family connections forged by a long history, hard labor, or simply by time sitting with a child under a tree. It’s also a book about how land use change is affecting the Valley and the families who live here. This book is upbeat, inspirational, and educational. It will make anyone who ever spent time or owned land in the Cacapon and Lost River Valley proud of the land ethic and stewardship that has made and keeps this Valley the special place it is today. 

 The Book was funded in part by the West Virginia Stream Partners grant program, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the National Parks Service.

Author, Jamie S. Ross, is the producer and co-writer of the acclaimed four-part PBS environmental history series A History of Mountains and Peoples, for which she received the Mountain Hero award from the Mountain Institute.

Tom Cogill is a freelance photog­rapher. His work has appeared in National Geograph­ic, US News & World ReportAmeri­can Heritage, and other publications.

Reserve your copy for delivery after October 1, 2013 with Paypal below, or mail a $30.99 (includes shipping and handling) check payable to “Cacapon and Lost Rivers Land Trust”, RR1 Box 328, High View WV 26808.