Clarke County

Clarke County

Clarke County has a time-honored tradition of promoting and protecting its agricultural roots. It was one of the first counties in the nation to adopt protective zoning regulations, and continues to conserve its unique heritage.

  • Our Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign helps people find local food and drink options!The campaign also builds relationships between growers, food artisans, farmers’ markets, retailers, restaurants, and institutions.
  • Nine properties in Clarke County, totaling 1,732 acres, were protected by conservation easements in 2013. This brings the total protected land in the county to over 23,250 acres.

From the Piedmont View

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

On the Ground

Sep 15, 2014
Read On the Ground updates for Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock Counties.

Piedmont Memorial Overlook Update

Sep 15, 2014
The meadow at the Piedmont Memorial Overlook is in full bloom!

Farmer-Chef Express

Sep 15, 2014
The Piedmont Environmental Council is always looking for ways to strengthen our local food economy. After a lot of brain­storming, developing and website testing, Farmer-Chef Express was launched this past August!

Letter from the President- Fall 2014 Edition

Sep 15, 2014
One of the important characteristics of PEC is that we are relevant. Our mission, our programs, our actions, and our words are taken seriously, both within our communities and by theoutside world. And even though PEC gets the most attention for our stances in oppositionto questionable or poorly conceived projects such as the Dominion Transmission Line projector the Charlottesville Western Bypass, the reality is that the bulk of our work is proactive and positive in nature, and it matters

Helping Hands for Spout Run

Dec 11, 2013
CLARKE-- Clarke County’s Spout Run watershed has the potential to provide clean water and support a large variety of wildlife species. Yet, the stream is on the State Impaired Waters List due to nutrient and sediment levels from fertilizers, livestock and other human-related activities. This is bad news not only for the wildlife and people living around the watershed, but also for communities downstream—including the Chesapeake Bay.

More Local Issues

  • Jan 15, 2013

    C Spout Run

    There are some exciting initiatives coming up in Clarke County to improve the Spout Run Watershed. One of those is a citizen stream monitoring program - a fun opportunity for you to get involved in a very hands-on way. Read More
  • Feb 17, 2012

    Support Nature & History, Support the Cool Spring Battlefield Park

    Update: Today, March 5th, the Board of Supervisors voted to reject the park proposal in a 3 to 2 vote. To read more about thier decision see the Clarke Daily News article available online. Read More
  • Jan 30, 2012

    Landowners Protected Almost 700 Acres in Clarke in 2011

    January 18, 2012 PEC Press Release Eight properties in Clarke County totaling almost 700 acres were protected by conservation easements in 2011. This brings the total of easement protected land in the county to over 20,700 acres, or 18% of the total land in the county Among the properties protected in 2011 was a 103-acre tract of highly productive farmland owned by Bev McKay. The easement, held by PEC and completed in partnership with the USDA, ensures that this property, which has been in the McKay family for over 200 years, will continue to be available for farming. McKay says, "It makes me feel good to know that in the future, if the land is sold, there won't be condos going up on it. It'll be cows, not condos." Read More... Read More

Gem Bingol
Clarke and Loudoun County
Land Use Field Officer

Carolyn Sedgwick
Clarke & Rappahannock 
Land Conservation Officer

Find Events Near You

There are always a ton of great conservation-themed events happening throughout the Piedmont. Whatever your interests -- local food, nature, history, getting outdoors or learning something new -- there is sure to be an interesting event on the horizon!

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