Regional, State and National

Regional, State and National

PEC joins with partner organizations to promote thriving communities and healthy natural resources in the Shenandoah Valley, the central Piedmont, the Journey Through Hallowed Ground corridor and Northern Virginia counties.

  • Our Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign helps people find local food and drink options!The campaign also builds relationships between growers, food artisans, farmers’ markets, retailers, restaurants, and institutions.
  • Over 6,500 acres of land in Virginia's Northern Piedmont were protected by conservation easements in 2014. This brings the total of protected land in PEC's 9-county region to 375,720 acres.

From the Piedmont View

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

President's Letter - Fall 2015

Oct 20, 2015
Family at Hollin Farms in Delaplane. Photo by Debby Taylor.
We all love the Piedmont region. For many of us, that emotional connection stems from specific places. Our home. Our land. Our yard. Our familiar routes along byways and trails. A particular view, or a special stretch of stream. That strong, direct connection has motivated thousands of families to volunteer to conserve their land.

Look at All the Stars!

Oct 13, 2015
A few weeks ago, friends from D.C. were visiting for the weekend. As the evening wore on, we found ourselves outside discussing current events, the latest gossip, and our plans for the fall—when, inevitably, eyes turned toward the sky, and I heard something I often hear from friends visiting, “Wow! Look at all the stars.”

What a Summer!

Oct 20, 2015
The Fellowship group of 2015, selected from a competitive national pool of applicants, took advantage of the incredible opportunities made available by PEC and its partners. From visiting the Jones Nature Preserve to participating in a mock Board of Supervisors meeting to harvesting organic garlic at Sunnyside Farm, the fellows immersed themselves in learning about the Piedmont region’s land conservation, watershed health, sustainable agriculture, historic preservation, land use issues and more.

Finding a Place to Grow

Jun 10, 2015
Access to affordable tillable farmland and pasture is one of the primary barriers for next-generation farmers and a healthy evolution of the agricultural economy in the Virginia Piedmont. Many next-generation farmers from non-farming backgrounds have contacted PEC seeking access to available farmland. Conversely, many non-farming landowners are interested in agricultural land use, but the process of leasing land for this purpose can be daunting.

Outer Beltway Update

Sep 15, 2014
The Bi-County Parkway project, a key component of the Outer Belt­way scheme, is on hold... for now.

Released: For the Love of the Land

Mar 23, 2014
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.

More Local Issues

  • Jan 22, 2015

    Action Alert: Week 1 of the 2015 General Assembly

    Week 1 of the 2015 General Assembly has come and gone and, in this short 45-day session, things are moving quickly. Here’s an update on what we’ve seen happen in Richmond so far - the good and the bad - and some information on how you can assist in the process.. Read more from our 1/22/15 email alert! Read More

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