After a lifetime of interest and commitment to conservation, Harry Holcomb and a group of local landowners joined forces in 2003 to protect the Eastern Shore’s prime farm and forestland, scenic creeks and bays, critical wildlife habitat, and historic resources. The group included Suzanne Wescoat, Steve Parker, Ed Tankard, Jeff Walker, Lucius Kellam, and George Savage. In response to an increase in development pressure and growing concern over balancing growth and preservation, the group formed the Virginia Eastern Shore Land Trust (VES Land Trust), a local, grassroots organization that represents and preserves the Eastern Shore way of life through permanent land preservation.

We’ve Grown!

The VES Land Trust is now an accredited land trust with the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, has preserved 14,000 acres on the Eastern Shore, and holds 75 donated conservation easements.

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14,000 acres

The VES Land Trust has preserved 14,000 acres on the Eastern Shore.

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75 easements

The VES Land Trust holds 75 donated conservation easements.