About VLRC

Timbering in the late 1800s and early 1900s was a mainstay in the Allegheny Mountains of Highland and surrounding counties. Steam-powered mills, large and small, were to be found in abundance. Today, there are still many small, ‘farm’ mills in use and commercial logging is a vital part of the economy.

The Virginia Land Rights Coalition is a private, non-political, not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to provide information to Americans about the protection, ownership and wise use of private property and natural resources, and the core principles of our American Constitutional Republic.

Information and research covers environmental regulation, government restrictions and takings of land, zoning and land use regulation, “conservation easements”, taxation policies, local government sovereignty, Constitutional issues, and many other matters affecting the sanctity of private Property Rights.

Email lists are maintained for those who are interested in receiving periodic articles on a number of topics from various news sources. Please let us know if you would like to be added to one of our lists. Printed copies of many articles are available at a nominal cost. Please see the Publications page.

We are available to speak before civic organizations, clubs, groups or school classes who are interested in learning more about the vital importance of private property in a free society.

The Virginia Land Rights Coalition believes Private Property is the cornerstone of our Constitutional Republic; is one of the three inseparable, unalienable, God-given Rights conveyed to man in the original Covenant and is key to the freedom and vitality of the American people; that federal, state and local authority must be strictly limited to Constitutional intent and the principles of Law; and that Americans must reassert the principles of Subsidiarity: local government control of local affairs, by consent of the governed and free of consolidated or centralized power.

The Virginia Land Rights Coalition is privately funded by donations from individuals. Government or corporate funding is not accepted. Because we remain independent of government-sanctioned, ‘non-profit’ entanglements and regulation, donations are not tax-deductible.

Chairman L. M. Schwartz, with Sam

“May you have many happy years, all bringing you an increase of virtue and wisdom, all witnessing your prosperity in this life, all bringing you nearer everlasting happiness thereafter. May God in His great mercy grant me this my constant prayer.” -- Robert E. Lee to his son, December, 1851.