Land Conservation

Land Conservation

PEC has helped landowners permanently protect over 357,000 acres of rural or natural land. Conservation Easements help ensure that the Virginia Piedmont is always characterized by its open spaces, healthy environment, and cultural resources.

Conserving and Managing Your Land


Conserving Your Land

Find out more about permanently protecting
your land with a Conservation Easement.

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Managing Your Land

Information for landowners interested in improving
wildlife habitat and water quality.


Land Conservation Policy

There are an array of public policy decisions at the local, state and federal level that impact land conservation in the Piedmont. We'll let you know when and where to speak up or take action. You can also check here for information about the economic benefits of land conservation, as well as the various tax criteria and incentives available to protect land. 


For the Love of the Land

For the Love of the Land features 100 conservation success stories from across Virginia, representing every legislative district—a sampling from among thousands of places in the Commonwealth that are now protected forever. At a time when many of the special places in Virginia could easily be lost, these stories remind us why land conservation is so important.

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The following articles appeared in PEC's Membership Newsletter -- The Piedmont View

Area Residents Give to Greenway Expansion

Give Local Piedmont was a community-wide online giving challenge that sought to inspire folks to make donations of $10 or more to local nonprofits for 24 hours on May 6. Part of a national campaign, Give Local Piedmont supported the effort for Cul­peper, Fauquier, Madison and Rappahannock Counties. And the good news is—it worked! Read More

Making Progress at the Piedmont Overlook

It’s been busy at the Overlook these past few months! PEC is in the final year of a cost-share agreement with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to improve the property’s habitat and increase its biodiversity. The mar­quee part of this grant is the creation of a 17-acre native grass and wildflower meadow on land that was formerly a pasture dominated by tall fescue. Read More

Conservation Milestone at Gilberts Corner

Weathered barns, historic buildings, forested rolling green hills and pastoral open fields with large bales of hay—this is the view surrounding the intersection of Routes 15 and 50 in Loudoun County, known by many as Gilberts Corner. Read More

Remembering Stewards of the Land

Learn more about the contributions to conservation made by Robert Tier Dennis and Janet Ketchum Grayson Whitehouse. Read More

Conservation Questions?

Our Land Conservation Staff work throughout the Piedmont.

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Free Easement Packet

Important information about conservation easements -- including a sample PEC Easement and guidelines on how to proceed with donating a easement.

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