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.

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2014 Virginia General Assembly

Over 11,598 Acres Protected in Virginia’s Northern Piedmont in 2013

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Over 11,598 acres in The Piedmont Environmental Council’s (PEC) nine-county region were permanently protected by conservation easements in 2013. This brings the total acreage of land under conservation easement in the region to 369,240 acres.

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Buy Fresh Buy Local

The Piedmont Environmental Council's Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign helps consumers find local products while building relationships between growers, food artisans, farmers’ markets retailers, restaurants, and institutions.

Use our Buy Fresh Buy Local website to find farms, grocers, caterers, restaurants, CSAs, and farmers markets.

Visit our Buy Fresh Buy Local website

 

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

Released: For the Love of the Land

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

'Fracking' on Conserved Land?

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) is an important state public agency that has taken part in conserving land in the Commonwealth since 1966. Today, VOF is the largest easement holder in Virginia, and PEC is proud to have partnered with them over the decades. Over the past two years, however, VOF reviewed and approved a number of new easements permit oil and gas drilling—including the potential for hydraulic fracturing (a.k.a. “fracking”)—in areas that have little to no history of energy extraction. Read More

Teaming Up to Save the "Brookie"

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

When Mickey Came to Town

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. Read More

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

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. Read More

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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
  • 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 www.brmconservancy.org. Read More

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