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Show your love of the land by rocking your new favorite t-shirt, displaying your latest positive print, or diving into discovering the conserved beauty of the Commonwealth through poetry and art!

We make a special effort to work with artists and businesses based in the Richmond region to design and create these products. We work with people who care about our mission, and ideally, are connected to the lands that we protect. 

Writing the Land: Virginia

Writing the Land: Virginia is a collection of poems celebrating conserved lands from across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Each of the 12 chapters contain poems, illustrations, photographs, and information featuring conserved properties from a variety of land conservation organizations or indigenous tribes.

This newly published volume celebrates the beauty and value of conserved lands of all kinds including public wildlife management areas, conservation easements, city and riverside trails, park systems, and shoreline farms. Explore lands you’ve not yet seen or re-explore familiar territory through poetry and art and be inspired by this diverse portrait of place.

CRLC is honored to work with poets and authors who were inspired to pen works based on their experiences with lands under conservation easement in the Richmond region: 

  • Tara Bray – Four MIle Creek Farm, Varina in Henrico County
  • Hollee Freeman – Campbell’s Bridge Mills, Chesterfield County
  • Joanna Lee – Rogers Woods, City of Richmond
  • darlene anita scott – Haskin’s Tract, Henrico County

In addition to Capital Region Land Conservancy, the following organizations are also featured:

  • Rappahannock Tribe and Chesapeake Conservancy
  • Northern Virginia Conservation Trust
  • The Nature Conservancy-Virginia
  • Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources
  • Blue Ridge, Central Virginia, and Southern Virginia Land Conservancies
  • Virginia Outdoors Foundation
  • The Piedmont Environmental Council
  • New River Land Trust
  • Friends of the Lower Appomattox River
  • Northern Neck Land Conservancy
  • Virginia Eastern Shore Land Trust
Praise for Writing the Land: Virginia

Writing the Land: Virginia collects voices from across the Commonwealth to remind us that we all share a common inheritance, and a common responsibility to those that follow us. Virginia’s natural resources have protected, provided for, and shaped us for generations. The reflections in this book highlight the connections between the land and the people who live on it. — Ellen Shepard, Virginia’s United Land Trusts, Executive Director

Writing the Land: Virginia
Published: April 30, 2024
Edited by Lis McLoughlin, PhD
Foreword by Mamie Parker PhD

Blue cover featuring an illustration of a butterfly with the text Writing the Land: Virginia

Writing the Land: Windblown I

Poetry anthology by Richmond poets, inspired by CRLC conserved lands

Writing the Land: Windblown I is a national anthology of poetry published in 2022 featuring 25 poets inspired by the conserved lands of 11 land trusts from across the country.

Capital Region Land Conservancy participated with 4 local poets who took to the forests, rivers, and fields that we protect. With broad creative freedom, these poets spent time on these lands, learned about their history, and dreamed about their future. Ultimately, 10 poems exploring these lands have been published across 16 pages in the 2022 edition of the Windblown I anthology.

CRLC’s poems are also illuminated by 9 illustrations and a full-page illustrated map by Richmond-based artist Katie McBride, who also designed a beautiful t-shirt for CRLC.

Enjoy poems on these lands by the following authors:

  • Varina LandLab, Henrico County – Maria Elena Scott
  • Warwick Road, City of Richmond – Gwyn R. C. Moses
  • James River Park System, City of Richmond – Joanna Lee
  • Malvern Hill Farm, Henrico County – Dorina Wegener

Writing the Land: Windblown I
Published October 2022
Edited by Lis McLoughlin, PhD
Foreword by Stephen C. Trombulak, PhD

"Protect the Land You Love" T-shirt

Proudly wear your support for the work Capital Region Land Conservancy does best: Protect the Land You Love!

These soft, eco-friendly t-shirts and sweatshirts feature our “Protect the Land You Love” slogan designed by renowned Richmond artist Katie McBride and highlights the variety of stunning landscapes we protect.

Visit the link below to order your custom shirt or sweatshirt through Bonfire where you can select the color and style that suits you and your order will be mailed directly to you.

"Protect the Land You Love" Signed Print

Decorate your space with our beautiful, commissioned design by Richmond artist Katie McBride. The “Protect the Land Your Love” signed print showcases our slogan while highlighting the stunning landscapes we protect.

Printed on quality velum paper; size: 11″ x 14″