Our Role

Known as the Roanoke River Forest, we purchased 7,888 acres of working timberlands in Charlotte County, Virginia in 2019 from Stanley Land and Lumber Corporation through our Working Forest Fund®. Under the Fund’s temporary ownership, Roanoke River Forest will continue to be sustainably managed as a working forest, maintaining its role as a steady source of timber for local mills and with jobs for timber crews.

The Conservation Fund will work with public and private partners in the coming years to determine strategies and raise the necessary funding to ensure the lands will remain healthy working forests. These strategies could include placing perpetual conservation easements on the land and then transferring the protected fee interests to private owners, or conveying the land to a public agency for permanent protection. The Working Forest Fund is dedicated to mitigating climate change, strengthening rural economies and protecting natural ecosystems.

Why this project matters

The property includes the Greenwood Game Preserve, a conservation priority for more than a decade. It features remarkable forest and wetland habitats that support a large duck population; over five miles of streams containing state threatened fish species, including the Carolina darter; large stands of mature oak-hickory forest that provide suitable habitat for imperiled bat species; native mixed Virginia and shortleaf pine stands; and a productive loblolly plantation.

WE NEED YOUR HELP

The Conservation Fund is actively raising funds for a permanent conservation solution for these lands. For more information about how you can support the conservation of Roanoke River Forest, please contact Rachael Joiner.