Our Work

Explore the tools we use to protect open space for future generations.

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) was established by the Virginia legislature in 1966 “to promote the preservation of open-space lands and to encourage private gifts of money, securities, land or other property to preserve the natural, scenic, historic, scientific, open-space and recreational areas of the Commonwealth.” Today, VOF protects nearly 850,000 acres in 109 counties and independent cities, making it one of the largest land conservation organizations in the nation.

Open-Space Easements

Whether you are a landowner interested in donating an easement or an existing easement owner, start here to explore one of the most effective tools for conserving farms, forests, parks, and other open space.

Open-Space Reserves

VOF owns and manages more than 4,400 acres of public land in Virginia. Learn more about where our reserves are located, what they protect, and how to access them.

Funding for Conservation

VOF offers funding for open-space conservation to landowners, localities, and other partners through our Preservation Trust Fund and TERRA grant programs.