Virginia DCR – Crowder and White Tract

Enviva Forest Conservation Fund helps protect environmentally sensitive forestland in Virginia

A matching-fund grant from the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund is helping to permanently protect cypress-tupelo-dominated swamp forestland and reclaim previously forested land on 220 acres in Southampton, Va. Known as the Crowder and White Tract, the land is across the Nottoway River from another parcel already protected by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and ensures that “The Narrows,” an important transit point for river herring, shad and alewife and a well-known recreational fishing spot, will now be permanently protected.

The Crowder and White tract easement was made possible through combined support from the Fund, donated timber value from the owner, and a North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant secured by Ducks Unlimited and supported by several partners, including the Atlantic Coast Joint Venture, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Virginia Outdoors Foundation.

The terms of the conservation easement will eliminate all timber harvesting in the wetlands, as well as any subdivision and development rights. The landowner, a Southampton County local who made this property available and provided a significant contribution toward the easement in the form of donated timber value in a desire to see this section of the Nottoway River permanently protected, will continue to hold hunting and fishing privileges. As the easement holder, Virginia DCR will conduct annual monitoring visits to document easement conditions.

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Commitment from Enviva
over the next 10 years
Acres of bottomland forests
protected in NC and VA
Protected bottomland

Matching-Fund Grants

The Enviva Forest Conservation Fund, administered by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, supports nonprofit organizations to protect ecologically sensitive areas and conserve working forests.


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