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Please address general press inquiries to Paula Combs, PEC's Senior Editor & Public Relations Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 540-347-2334 x7021 -- or to the point of contact listed in a specific press release. You can also get in touch with PEC on twitter: @piedmontenviron.

Organizations Weigh In on Wetlands America Trust, Inc. v. White Cloud Nine Ventures, LLC -- Six regional and national conservation groups petitioned the Virginia Supreme Court to allow them to weigh in on a case that could change the course of conservation easements in the Commonwealth. The groups asked the Court to follow the clear direction of the General Assembly and to honor the pledge in the Virginia Constitution to support clean air, clean water, history and resource protection when determining how to uphold the integrity of conservation easements.

Over 6,500 acres in The Piedmont Environmental Council’s nine-county service region were permanently protected by conservation easements* in 2014. This brings the total acreage of land under conservation easement in the region to just over 375,000 acres.

Mr. Osborn has been writing about a conservation easement that PEC holds on a property in Fauquier County — a property that PEC worked hard to raise the money to purchase and protect back in 2000. It is part of one of the most scenic landscapes in Virginia, one that tens of thousands of people pass through each year. It’s also visible from a highly visited section of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and is part of the open space that surrounds the village of Paris, one of the anchors of the Crooked Run Rural Historic District.

For immediate release: September 9, 2014

In an effort to strengthen the agricultural economy and get more local food into area restaurants, schools and other institutions, The Piedmont Environmental Council has created and launched Farmer-Chef Express, an interactive website that connects local food buyers and sellers.

For immediate release: May 2, 2014

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