PEC's Culpeper County office supports our land use and land conservation activities in the County. PEC is dedicated to promoting healthy communities and the preservation of Culpeper's rural character, environment and historic resources.
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Landowners Protect 1,144 Acres in Culpeper in 2013
PEC Press Release -- Jan 22, 2014
Ten properties in Culpeper County, totaling 1,144 acres, were protected by conservation easements in 2013. This brings the total protected land in the County to over 16,000 acres.
“We are encouraged by the ongoing commitment of landowners in Culpeper County to permanently protect their property,” said Maggi MacQuilliam, Land Conservation Officer with The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC). “The land and resources protected by easements this year continue to conserve the working farms that drive our region’s economic engine, vital downstream drinking water resources and culturally significant places that draw tourists to our area. I look forward to working with landowners to find solutions for their special place they call home.”
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! Read More
This summer we kicked off Food for Thought: A local food and farm speaker series, which showcased farms and food businesses close to downtown Culpeper. The events address topics suchas the challenges of farming, the innovations made by a new generation of farmers and the important role of consumers in sustaining local food-based businesses. Read More
If you're not on our email list, you may have missed that there was some welcome news on the proposed Spectra Energy gas pipeline, which affected Albemarle, Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock Counties. Read More
Last fall, VDOT announced plans to possibly close the Waterloo Bridge to vehicular traffic due to safety concerns. PEC shared the news with local community groups and historic preservation advocates, which sparked overwhelming support for the bridge’s rehabilitation—support that transcended the usual demographics and organization affiliations. Read More
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!
Virginia’s Piedmont is a unique place with exceptional natural resources, productive farms and forests, and a landscape steeped in history. The farms and forests in Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District’s five-county region are vital to the financial well-being of the regional and state economy, and each year hundreds of thousands of tourists come to experience our natural wonders and historic heritage. This article was written for the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District's Spring 2013 newsletter. Read More
Culpeper County is considering a new zoning ordinance that would encourage sprawl, lower property values, and dramatically change the scenic character of our rural areas. The Planning Commission will hold a second public hearing on December 14th, 2011 to review the proposed change -- known as ''cluster zoning." Please take a moment to read about this issue and contact the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors with your comments. Read More
Update: At its April public hearing, the Culpeper County Planning Commission made a recommendation to deny the rezoning by a vote of 9-0. With the resignation of Supervisor Tom Underwood and his replacement with former Supervisor John Coates, the Board of Supervisors have agreed to delay the public hearing on the rezoning until its July meeting. Read More