Conserving Land

Conservation easements help ensure that the Virginia Piedmont is always characterized by its open spaces, healthy environment, and cultural resources. 

Webinar: Fauquier Farm and Land Conservation

PEC’s Julian Scheer Fauquier Land Conservation Fund and the Fauquier County Agricultural Development Department hosted this webinar for Fauquier County landowners interested in learning how to protect their land with a conservation easement, and also to promote the open application period for Fauquier County’s PDR program, which is currently accepting applications through June 30, 2020.

Blue Ridge to the Bay: A Story Map

The Upper Rappahannock and Rapidan watersheds are home to some of Virginia’s most productive farmland, numerous Civil War Battlefields and historic sites, intact forests, important wildlife habitat, and beautiful places to recreate. The Piedmont Environmental Council is pursuing strategic partnerships and taking bold steps to catalyze conservation in this region.

Protecting the Cedar Run Watershed

When Mike and Margrete Stevens first came to Fauquier County eighteen years ago, as the new owners of Bonny Brook Farm, near Warrenton, they made friends with their neighbors Julian and Sue Scheer and Hilary and Rich Gerhardt (the Scheers’ daughter and son-in-law). This friendship with a family of dedicated conservationists led the Stevens to start hosting a wildflower walk on their land each April, as a sky-colored carpet of Virginia Bluebells blossoms along Cedar Run.