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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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."
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
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
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!
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
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