PEC's Madison County office supports our land use and land conservation activities in the County. PEC is dedicated to promoting healthy communities and the preservation of Madison's rural character, environment and historic resources.
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Madison Landowners Protect over 1,160 Acres in 2013
PEC Press Release -- Jan 22, 2014
Six properties in Madison County, totaling approximately 1,160 acres, were protected by conservation easements in 2013. This brings the total of conserved land in the county to approximately 14,362 acres.
“2013 was a strong year for conservation throughout Madison County,” remarked Peter Hujik, Land Conservation Officer for The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC). “Landowners in the western part of the county conserved over 500 acres of land adjacent to Shenandoah National Park. In the eastern part of the county, in an area where the pace of conservation has been slower, landowners protected two significant farms.”
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
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
Like many Piedmont farms, Over Jordan Farm in Rappahannock has been a pasture-based operation for decades. After 20 years of overgrazing, however, it’s facing issues that are common in the region—poor soil health, a lack of grass and plant diversity and the resulting lack of nutrients for livestock. 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!
As part of the Commemoration of the Battle of Jack's Shop, Madison High School juniors competed in an essay writing contest, describing Madison County during the Civil War. We would like to congratulate Samantha Camilletti for submitting the winning essay. She was presented with a cash scholarship award donated by Virginia National Bank. You can read her essay below. Read More
On September 21, 1863, the largest Civil War battle in Madison County took place. Known today as “The Battle of Jack’s Shop,” it was one of the largest cavalry engagements of the entire war. Madison County historian Harold Woodward, Jr. often quips that “it was the biggest cavalry battle you’ve never heard of.” To recognize the impact it had on the County and the war, The Piedmont Environmental Council, the Madison County Historical Society and the Madison Chamber of Commerce & Tourism have planned a number of activities at Madison County High School and Hoover Ridge Park. This email alert was sent out on August 29, 2013: Read More
Board of Supervisor public hearing meetings are the second Tuesday of the month at 7pm. Planning Commission public hearing meetings are the first Wednesday of each month at 7pm. Both Board of Supervisor and Planning Commission meetings are held in the County Adminstration Center in the Auditorium at 414 N. Main Street, Madison. Dates do sometimes change and are not regularly updated on the county webpage, so it is important to call the Jacueline Frye at 540-948-7500 x101 to confirm Board of Supervisor meeting times and dates and Betty Grayson at 540-948-7500 x119 to confirm Planning Commission meeting times and dates. Read More