This site is a project of the Virginia Community Wood Energy Program, an initiative of the Center for Natural Capital.

The Center for Natural Capital (NatCap) is a 501 c-3 charitable organization created in 2013 through the merger of Public Policy Virginia, Inc. (2006-2012) and Association of Conservation Real Estate dba Conserv (2006-2012). The Center for Natural Capital crafts programs and projects that create employment to restore nature and build resilient communities.

We are five Programs:

  • Stream Sweepers: a river assessment and cleaning initiative engaging youth and adults in cleanup and restoration.
  • Community Energy Program: provides communities with local energy options that also restore their forests, farms and fields.
  • Soil Keepers: providing innovative landscape services that connect people to their landscape and build healthy soil, reducing greenhouse gases and erosion.
  • Rapidan Wildlife Habitat Cooperative:  connecting landowners to a collaborative initiative to convert portions of their land to wildlife habitat.
  • Development: engaging our networks and programs in responding to new community needs as they are identified.

NatCap’s vision is to create, optimize, and integrate natural capital solutions into the marketplace. We pose a simple but profound question. What would our economy and quality of life look like if we fully integrated our natural systems into the world of commerce? At The Center for Natural Capital, we start each day with the goal of utilizing the abundance of human ingenuity and organizational energy to solve problems and move innovation into transactions of change.  This challenge represents the greatest frontier for improvement in our relationship with the environment.  It allows us to view our natural capital for more than its intrinsic value, and engage the power of entrepreneurism to improve our ecosystems and our economy.  The primary channels of The Center for Natural Capital are Energy, Rivers, Landscape, People and the unlimited points of intersection among them. The Center is governed by a 14 member Board of Directors. It has a small staff composed of full-time and part-time employees with a consortium of contractors it works closely with as opportunities for collaboration arise.