December 1, 2016
“The Conservation Fund joins the U.S. Department of the Interior, the National Park Service, Native American tribal leaders and others in celebrating the permanent protection of Werowocomoco, the historic location of Chief Powhatan’s headquarters during the time of the English arrival at Jamestown in the early 1600s. This is one of America’s most historically significant conservation successes in decades, and its sacredness to the heritage of seven Native American tribes makes its preservation, study and interpretation to the public extremely important. 

The Fund was honored to facilitate the purchase of the 264-acre site in Gloucester County along Virginia’s York River for the National Park Service earlier this year with funding from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), an essential catalyst to protecting America’s natural, cultural and historical lands. The property is now the Park Service’s first land holding for the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, the first entirely water-based trail in the National Trail System.

The Fund is tremendously grateful to the former owners, Bob and Lynn Ripley for their dedication to ensuring that the land be protected and managed by the National Park Service. We also thank Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe for his leadership in preserving Virginia’s treasured natural places, as well as U.S. Senator Mark Warner, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine and U.S. Representative Rob Wittman for their support of the LWCF and the conservation of Werowocomoco.

I would also like to applaud the leadership of The Conservation Fund’s founder Pat Noonan, who has worked for the last 50 years to protect cherished American landscapes and who was instrumental in the creation of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. As we celebrate both the 10th anniversary of the John Smith Trail and the National Park Service’s centennial in 2016, the protection of Werowocomoco is a fitting accomplishment.”

About The Conservation Fund
At The Conservation Fund, we make conservation work for America. By creating solutions that make environmental and economic sense, we are redefining conservation to demonstrate its essential role in our future prosperity. Top-ranked for efficiency and effectiveness, we have worked in all 50 states to protect more than 7.8 million acres of land since 1985.

Related: New Release by U.S. Department of Interior & Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe