The Piedmont View

Summer 2010 Piedmont View

Alumni of PEC's Exploring the Small Farm Dream courses are breaking ground this growing season.

Can the local community come up with a better plan for Routes 22 and 231 than VDOT's plan to make it a highway?

The main road through Keswick in Albemarle County—Rtes. 22 and 231—runs through a landscape that Thomas Jefferson described as “the Eden of the United States”.  Today, a traveler on this road can experience a landscape much like the one Jefferson and others of his generation saw—open farmland rising up to woodlands on the gentle slopes of the Southwest Mountains.  What will it be like to travel on this road in 20 years or 50 years or 100 years?  It’s an open question.

What can we learn from Loudoun's financial trouble?

Loudoun County, once the fastest growing county in the nation, is now $1 billion in debt—a direct consequence of growing too fast, too much, too scattered.

Meet Kim Winter, PEC's new Sustainable Habitat Program Manager.

PEC has added a new resource to our staff who will help landowners manage their property in ways that attract and sustain native plant and animal populations.

The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) and The Piedmont Foundation, a separate 501(c)(3) organization that accepts gifts and manages special funds in support of PEC, are pleased to announce they are applying for accreditation this summer.

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