Dear Friends of the New River:

Have you ever wanted something so badly that you worked for years to get it?

Well, we know the feeling and our persistence has paid off with the recent purchase of one of the highest priority properties for the New River State Park in Ashe County, NC! Thirty-four acres of this latest 117-acre purchase is the critical piece to connecting the current park to planned backcountry trails and camping. This new land acquisition will allow for the development of six backpacking campsites, one new group campsite and six more miles of hiking trails along with the recent canoe-in campsites. This 34- acre acquisition has been in the works for more than 30 years! Yes, more than 30 years.

You can help us do more with your gift.

New River Conservancy has a long history with the New River State Park. We were both born from the same dam fight in the 60’s and 70’s. Wagoner Access began 40 years ago with the first easement purchase made by New River Conservancy, then known as the National Committee for the New River. Since its inception, New River Conservancy has contributed more than 1,000 acres to the overall New River State Park system. Click HERE to learn more.

You play a critical part in our work through your giving.

Land conservation is important and vital to a sustainable economy and healthy communities. For more than 40 years, we have worked to ensure that the waters that feed the New River are clean; that the land supports vibrant plants and animals, and that the communities that rely on it are passionate and empowered advocates for a healthy New River.

We are a nationally accredited Land Trust. During our more than 40-year history, we have preserved over 9,000 acres in NC, VA and WV.

However, just as important as conserving the lands is the long-term protection of those lands entrusted to our care. We pledge to stand firm and fight for the land and the River.

For example, we are defending a conservation easement in Giles County VA threatened by the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline. This proposed 42–inch natural gas pipeline runs 301 miles from northwestern West Virginia to southern Virginia. In the New River watershed, it will cross Greenbrier, Summers and Monroe Counties in WV and Giles and Montgomery Counties in VA. You can learn more on our website,

You can join the fight with your gift.

But there’s still more to report. This year we celebrated 100 miles of river and stream restoration. To get there, we’ve planted more than 850,000 shrubs and trees! Protecting the water with a healthy riparian buffer is protecting the River for our future.

Please help us do more.

I ask you to join us. Fight with us. Preserve with us. Write a check. Call us and make a pledge. The River is counting on you.

For the River,

George Santucci