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What's VaLCV?

You may have heard of the VaLCV and wondered why Virginia and the conservation community need another outfit with an acronym? VaLCV stands for the Virginia League of Conservation Voters. This organization was formed in Spring of 2000 by a small group of individuals affiliated with several of the major Virginia conservation organizations like Sierra Club to focus on electoral politics at the state and local level.

There are many environmental and conservation organizations in Virginia but most of them are 501(c)(3) “charitable” organizations are are thereby legally precluded from engaging in politics. The mission of VaLCV is to preserve and enhance the quality of life of all Virginians by making conservation a top priority with Virginia’s elected officials, political candidates, and voters. VaLCV is the non-partisan political action arm of Virginia’s conservation community.

While most of VaLCV’s emphasis will be on General Assembly and statewide races, they want to work with local organizations to help them become successful in local elections as well. Candidates who support conservation issues can win on those issues if they have financial and volunteer support, something in short supply for many with opponents backed by big developers. VaLCV needs you if conservation is going to win in the elections. Please consider sending your check to help build VaLCV so the base of support will be there when the good candidates need us. Basic membership is $25 per year but anything more will help ensure success. Together we can preserve Virginia’s natural landscape by changing Virginia’s political landscape.

Please mail your name, address, phone, and email information to: Lisa Guthrie, Executive Director Virginia League of Conservation Voters;