Shenandoah National Park just grew a little bigger and a little more beautiful. This past May, The Piedmont Environmental Council donated a 17.2-acre property it owned in Rappahannock County to the National Park Service. A forested and vacant parcel on a mountain slope south of Sperryville, Virginia, the land is within the legislative boundary of Shenandoah National Park.
Media Advisory: We are hosting a press conference about small-scale solar in the region. We will showcase the solar panels that were just installed at PEC’s headquarters office -- with 38 panels, it is the largest solar installation in Warrenton to date. We are also announcing the official launch of the spring "Solarize Piedmont" campaign, which runs April 5 - June 15, 2016.
The Piedmont Environmental Council reports that a combined total of 11,517 acres were protected in Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock Counties, last year.
Reaching a unique milestone, Fauquier has become the first county in Virginia to reach 100,000 acres of land permanently protected by conservation easements. “This achievement represents the collective investment of hundreds of landowners, farmers and families in a beautiful landscape and strong rural economy in Fauquier County, for generations to come,” said Chris Miller, President of The Piedmont Environmental Council.
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 about conservation easements in the Commonwealth.
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.