Protecting and Restoring Our Waters

December 1, 2018, 1-4 p.m.

Grab your boots, binoculars, and sense of wonder for a free guided walk along a permanently protected perennial stream.

This 1.5-2 mile walk will take you into the woods to discuss the positive impacts of conservation and vegetated buffers on water quality. Please bring snacks and water. Wear appropriate footwear and long pants.

Please RSVP to director@veslt.org or (757) 442-5885.

Jacobus Farm is near Machipongo, VA. Directions will be provided upon registration.

Good Forestry

December 7, 2018, 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Are you a landowner interested in knowing more about how to best care for your forest? Or have you found yourself wondering why certain forest practices are best? Robbie Lewis, Senior Area Forester, and VES Land Trust staff will lead a tour of the phases of forest management. Participants will see what it looks like after a forest has been burned, thinned, cleared, and reforested.

Please RSVP to director@veslt.org or (757) 442-5885.

This workshop will take place at multiple locations. We will meet at the VES Land Trust office in Belle Haven. Transportation between sites will be provided.

5 tips for a Bay-friendly yard

When talking about reducing and preventing pollution to our waterways, we often focus on the big actors, like storm water runoff and agriculture. But the truth is, we can all make a difference! Here are five tips for a bay-friendly yard.

Leaving a better world

As you cruise down Fleming Rd. outside the town of New Church, Va., you may notice the houses and fields fade to trees as you look east. Just past the church its steeple as tall as the pines nestled around it, beautiful mature woods take over casting dappled light along the road. Roll down your windows, and you’ll hear the birds calling to one another from the branches.


The woods surround farmland that once produced strawberries and was home to cattle. The Fleming family has owned the farm for 100 years.