Clarke County

Clarke County

Clarke County has a time-honored tradition of promoting and protecting its agricultural roots. It was one of the first counties in the nation to adopt protective zoning regulations, and continues to conserve its unique heritage. 

What's Happening In and Around Clarke

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The Piedmont Environmental Council's Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign helps consumers find local products while building relationships between growers, food artisans, farmers’ markets retailers, restaurants, and institutions.

Use our Buy Fresh Buy Local website to find farms, grocers, caterers, restaurants, CSAs, and farmers markets.

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Landowners Protect 1,732 Acres in Clarke in 2013


PEC Press Release -- Jan 22, 2014

Nine properties in Clarke County, totaling 1,732 acres, were protected by conservation easements in 2013. This brings the total protected land in the county to over 23,250 acres.

Don Loock, Clarke County Land Conservation Officer for The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) said, "This year we saw the culmination of some great long-term partnerships between local, regional and national conservation groups- resulting in the protection of some incredible natural and historic resources."




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

On the Ground

Read "On the Ground" updates for Albemarle, Clarke, Rappahannock, Fauquier, Madison, Greene, Orange and Loudoun Counties. Read More

Restoring the Piedmont Memorial Overlook

PEC is about half-way through our 3-year habitat restoration project at the Piedmont Memorial Overlook on the border of Clarke and Fauquier Counties. Read More

Meet George and Jean, Our New Co-Chairs

PEC is excited to introduce the newly elected co-chairs of our Board—George Ohrstrom II of Clarke County and Jean Perin of Fauquier County! Read More

Helping Hands for Spout Run

CLARKE-- Clarke County’s Spout Run watershed has the potential to provide clean water and support a large variety of wildlife species. Yet, the stream is on the State Impaired Waters List due to nutrient and sediment levels from fertilizers, livestock and other human-related activities. This is bad news not only for the wildlife and people living around the watershed, but also for communities downstream—including the Chesapeake Bay. Read More

From the Field: PEC’s Piedmont Memorial Overlook

The first two steps in land management are to assess what condition the land is in and then decide what your goals are. PEC is going through both of these steps at the Piedmont Memorial Overlook—our 50-acre tract that straddles Clarke and Fauquier county. Read More

Find Events Near You

There are always a ton of great conservation-themed events happening throughout the Piedmont. Whatever your interests -- local food, nature, history, getting outdoors or learning something new -- there is sure to be an interesting event on the horizon!

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Clarke -- More Local Issues

  • Jan 15, 2013

    C Spout Run

    There are some exciting initiatives coming up in Clarke County to improve the Spout Run Watershed. One of those is a citizen stream monitoring program - a fun opportunity for you to get involved in a very hands-on way. Read More
  • Feb 17, 2012

    Support Nature & History, Support the Cool Spring Battlefield Park

    Update: Today, March 5th, the Board of Supervisors voted to reject the park proposal in a 3 to 2 vote. To read more about thier decision see the Clarke Daily News article available online. Read More
  • Jan 30, 2012

    Landowners Protected Almost 700 Acres in Clarke in 2011

    January 18, 2012 PEC Press Release Eight properties in Clarke County totaling almost 700 acres were protected by conservation easements in 2011. This brings the total of easement protected land in the county to over 20,700 acres, or 18% of the total land in the county Among the properties protected in 2011 was a 103-acre tract of highly productive farmland owned by Bev McKay. The easement, held by PEC and completed in partnership with the USDA, ensures that this property, which has been in the McKay family for over 200 years, will continue to be available for farming. McKay says, "It makes me feel good to know that in the future, if the land is sold, there won't be condos going up on it. It'll be cows, not condos." Read More... Read More

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PEC's Clarke Office
30 East Main Street
Berryville, VA 22611

Gem Bingol
Clarke and Loudoun County
Land Use Field Officer

Carolyn Sedgwick
Clarke & Rappahannock 
Land Conservation Officer