Conservation

The Natural Bridge property is managed by the Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund, a nonprofit devoted to conservation, education, and recreation. Natural Bridge consists of over 1600 acres of wildlife habitat, streams, and caves that are home to hundreds of wildlife species, rare bats, invertebrates, and unusual communities of plants. The property is uniquely located as a bridge between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Ridge and Valley Province of the Allegheny Mountains.

The property will be preserved and restored wherever possible before donation of the property to the Virginia State Parks system. Several conservation strategies are under development such as restoring old fields to native grass species to support early succession wildlife habitat and controlling erosion on roads and trails. Surveys of the vegetation and wildlife of the site will take place initially in 2014 and 2015.

Current conservation efforts are taking place with the implementation of a site-wide recycling program, as well as water conservation initiatives within the hotel rooms and the property at large.

Natural Bridge Hotel Part of Virginia Green Lodging Program

Our overall mission here at Natural Bridge is ConservationEducation, and Recreation.  We’re part of the Virginia Green Lodging program that is run by Virginia Tourism. Being in the green lodging program meets our mission of Conservation because it focuses heavily on reducing waste, recycling, reducing energy and water use, and practices like eliminating unnecessary washing of bedding and towels.  These efforts are a few of many ways we show how proud we are of what we have here at Natural Bridge.

Other Conservation Methods at Natural Bridge Park

Natural Bridge Park and Historic Hotel prides itself on making the best use of its resources. Part of this includes disposing of all items on property responsibly. We recycle glass, plastic, aluminum and cardboard, as well as used kitchen grease. In addition, we recycle all scrap metal. We also make a point to donate items to local organizations. In our large renovation, we will donate all unneeded furniture to local shelters and other charities.

Revitalizing the Historic Hotel →