PEC's Culpeper County office supports our land use and land conservation activities in the County. PEC is dedicated to promoting healthy communities and the preservation of Culpeper's rural character, environment and historic resources.
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Landowners Protect 1,144 Acres in Culpeper in 2013
PEC Press Release -- Jan 22, 2014
Ten properties in Culpeper County, totaling 1,144 acres, were protected by conservation easements in 2013. This brings the total protected land in the County to over 16,000 acres.
“We are encouraged by the ongoing commitment of landowners in Culpeper County to permanently protect their property,” said Maggi MacQuilliam, Land Conservation Officer with The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC). “The land and resources protected by easements this year continue to conserve the working farms that drive our region’s economic engine, vital downstream drinking water resources and culturally significant places that draw tourists to our area. I look forward to working with landowners to find solutions for their special place they call home.”
From the coast to the mountains, many landowners have been tending to their properties in Virginia for generations, carefully sustaining its resources and passing them on. In an effort to honor and highlight conservation efforts in our state, PEC has released For the Love of the Land: 100 Conservation Stories from Across Virginia. Read More
Here at PEC, the new year always brings new possibilities for land conservation and stewardship as we respond to a new group of landowners who want to protect the places that make our Piedmont special. This year is particularly hope-filled since Governor McAuliffe, as his two predecessors had done, has pledged to protect 400,000 acres during four years in the Governor’s mansion... Read More
CULPEPER, FAUQUIER, ORANGE -- PEC’s staff follows Comp Plan updates and revisions in our nine-county region closely, and we’re currently keeping a sharp eye on the process in Culpeper, Fauquier and Orange Counties. Read More
Virginia’s state fish, the eastern brook trout, is in trouble. The Commonwealth’s only native trout has seen a sharp decline in population due to a detrimental combination of rising temperatures, physical barriers to streamflow, pollution, and habitat loss. Many expect the species to be added to VA’s Wildlife Action Plan list in the near future. 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!
Virginia’s Piedmont is a unique place with exceptional natural resources, productive farms and forests, and a landscape steeped in history. The farms and forests in Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District’s five-county region are vital to the financial well-being of the regional and state economy, and each year hundreds of thousands of tourists come to experience our natural wonders and historic heritage. This article was written for the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District's Spring 2013 newsletter. Read More
Culpeper County is considering a new zoning ordinance that would encourage sprawl, lower property values, and dramatically change the scenic character of our rural areas. The Planning Commission will hold a second public hearing on December 14th, 2011 to review the proposed change -- known as ''cluster zoning." Please take a moment to read about this issue and contact the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors with your comments. Read More
Update: At its April public hearing, the Culpeper County Planning Commission made a recommendation to deny the rezoning by a vote of 9-0. With the resignation of Supervisor Tom Underwood and his replacement with former Supervisor John Coates, the Board of Supervisors have agreed to delay the public hearing on the rezoning until its July meeting. Read More