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 11,598 Acres Protected in Virginia’s Northern Piedmont in 2013 This brings the total acreage of land under conservation easement in the region to 369,240 acres.

From the Piedmont View

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

Letter from the President- Fall 2014 Edition

Sep 15, 2014
One of the important characteristics of PEC is that we are relevant. Our mission, our programs, our actions, and our words are taken seriously, both within our communities and by theoutside world. And even though PEC gets the most attention for our stances in oppositionto questionable or poorly conceived projects such as the Dominion Transmission Line projector the Charlottesville Western Bypass, the reality is that the bulk of our work is proactive and positive in nature, and it matters

This is Big!

Sep 15, 2014
The opening of the Silver Line this past July was an important step toward a better future for the Washington metropolitan region and the Commonwealth of Virginia. For decades, Tysons has been an example of 20th century development, urban and suburban areas that don’t quite work—too many cars, no sidewalks and not enough green space.

Farmer-Chef Express

Sep 15, 2014
The Piedmont Environmental Council is always looking for ways to strengthen our local food economy. After a lot of brain­storming, developing and website testing, Farmer-Chef Express was launched this past August!

Outer Beltway Update

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

Spectra Energy Gas Pipeline Suspended

Dec 11, 2013
If you're not on our email list, you may have missed that there was some welcome news on the proposed Spectra Energy gas pipeline, which affected Albemarle, Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock Counties.

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.

Teaming Up to Save the "Brookie"

Dec 11, 2013
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.

When Mickey Came to Town

Sep 18, 2013
Virginia’s northern Piedmont is a beautiful and vibrant place—boasting of forests, rivers, mountains, farmland, thriving towns, and numerous historic and cultural resources. But all of this came under threat in November 1993, when the The Walt Disney Company made a surprise announcement that they planned to build an American history theme park near what was then the small town of Haymarket, VA—only four miles from Manassas Battlefield.

Uranium Mining: Going...Going...Gone?

Apr 08, 2013
In 2007, Virginia Uranium, Inc. (VUI) made their intentions clear: they were going to persuade lawmakers to lift the Commonwealth’s standing moratorium on uranium mining and milling. The company had their eyes set on a large deposit of uranium in Southwest Virginia, and they adamantly ignored the numerous warnings and unknowns. Determined to break ground in Pittsylvania County, VUI poured millions into a massive lobbying effort and PR campaign to make it happen. They pulled all of the stops— including flying legislators to France.

More Local Issues

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    Oct 10, 2013

    Join us for a Meeting at Galemont

    UPDATE: Due to the rain, we've decided to move our meeting from historic Galemont in The Plains to an indoor venue located in Warrenton -- the Stone Ridge Conference Center on Route 29 just north of Warrenton (directions). We'll be emailing and calling everyone who has pre-registered! If you're planning on registering on-site, we'll see you in Warrenton! Read More
  • Jun 03, 2013

    Thank you to our Summer Safari sponsors!

    Our Summer Safari event at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute was a great success this year and wouldn't have been possible without help from our sponsors. Read More
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    Mar 01, 2013

    General Assembly 2013 Wrap-up

    As quickly as it began, the 2013 General Assembly Session has come to a close. Governor McDonnell will review the bills that made it through the House & Senate, and can amend sign or veto them before the legislature reconvenes for one day on April 3rd. The General Assembly is always eventful, and this year there is much to report on. Our efforts to improve land conservation and stop the threat of uranium mining were largely successful, and while there is still much to be done on the transportation front, I think we came out on the winning end of many challenging issues. Read More
  • Mar 09, 2012

    Bull Run Mountains Conservancy -- Youth Outdoors Scholarship Program

    The Bull Run Mountains Conservancy (BRMC) is pleased to announce that it will offer eight Youth Outdoors Scholarships for programs at BRMC in 2012. This program will provide over 170 hours of environmental education and natural recreation for children. The Youth Outdoors Scholarship Program encourages children to spend time in the field, learning about and enjoying nature. Each scholarship participant will receive waived fees for the BRMC program. Scholarships are intended for children whose families do not have the financial means to be a part of BRMC's programs. The deadline is May 1st and winners will be announced on May 15, 2012. The application is available at Read More