Mission: To protect, preserve and enhance the natural and cultural resources, including agricultural and scenic resources, on both sides of the ohio river between westport and west point, kentucky, for the benefit of the public. This mission guides the three main programs which are land conservation, education and advocacy. River fields has preserved almost 2,200 acres forever in jefferson, oldham and shelby county, the majority which is farmland.
Programs: Land conservation - protection, mostly permanent, of natural and cultural resources including scenic and agricultural resources through conservation easements or purchase of land in fee simple. Helping landowners and citizens protect and create more public space, natural and cultural resources, and scenic vistas. As the largest land trust in the region, with almost 2,200 acres now protected forever from unwise development, river fields provides a strong, clear voice for land conservation that is listened to throughout this region and beyond. With 18 conservation easements and 12 properties that we own, most of that acreage open to the public, we have taken many crucial steps toward preserving lands along the river corridor forever. River fields largest property owned in fee simple is a 45 acre nature preserve open to the public year-round from dawn to dusk.
education - encouraging and empowering all citizens to protect the river and its surrounding lands. River fields works closely with its members, governmental agencies, civic organizations and news media to strengthen the community involvement and knowledge about environmental issues and other important topics. We train regional citizens and leaders on the legal and professional operational elements of land conservation. We accept every opportunity to train and educate the public, neighborhoods, and professional advisors to landowners. We offer annual educational events on protected lands, always led by a professional.
advocacy - seeking creative solutions that promote planned development, growth management, greater public access, natural resources, historic and cultural preservation and protection, the enhancement of scenic views, and urban design. We are proud of our reputation as a willing negotiator in efforts to promote environmentally sensitive land and water use. We always work toward the protection of natural and cultural resources, and the protection of established neighborhoods.
River Fields, Inc. is an accredited land trust. Accreditation means River Fields, Inc. meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. River Fields, Inc. has demonstrated to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission its commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate their commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them. Learn More: http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/about