Pollard’s vision helps preserve legacy

Mary Louisa Pollard, one of the founders and first leader of the Northern Neck Land Conservancy, recently reflected on her legacy of having conserved thousands of acres of Northern Neck farmland and forestland in perpetuity. Photo from NNLC Files

Whenever Mary Louisa Pollard returns to Irvington by way of the Robert O. Norris Jr. Memorial Bridge, the Northern Neck presents itself like a portal to another world.

With two miles of tidal saltwater between itself and the Rappahannock River’s southern shore, the Neck beckons her home.

“I just breathe a sigh of relief,” she says.

Pollard’s sense of place and love of land was never more evident than in the early 2000s, when she sought like-minded people to consider how to preserve what makes the Northern Neck so special.

The effort spawned the Northern Neck Land Conservancy…

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