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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.

With the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors scheduled to vote on a first phase widening of Route 15 for 3.6 miles north of Leesburg, a coalition of smart growth, conservation and preservation groups and numerous local residents are pressing the Board to instead adopt an approach that is safer, cheaper and more effective.

This summer, in an effort to preserve the prime farmland and help ensure continued operations, the Nixons chose to permanently protect 382 acres of their land through a conservation easement with the Piedmont Environmental Council, Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Data compiled by The Piedmont Environmental Council shows a total of 401,200 acres have been protected in Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock Counties by landowners working together with land trusts and public agencies. The total includes 6,237 acres added in 2017.

The Piedmont Environmental Council reports a combined total of 7,595 acres were protected in Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock Counties in 2016 by various land trusts and public agencies. This brings the total acreage of land under conservation easement in the nine counties to 394,963 acres.

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 11,585 acres were protected in Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock Counties, last year.

In strong bi-partisan fashion, Congress passed a year-end funding bill that will significantly impact land conservation in Virginia...

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