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PEC has helped landowners permanently protect over 420,000 acres of rural or natural land. Conservation Easements help ensure that the Virginia Piedmont is always characterized by its open spaces, healthy environment, and cultural resources.

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For the Love of the Land

For the Love of the Land features 100 conservation success stories from across Virginia, representing every legislative district—a sampling from among thousands of places in the Commonwealth that are now protected forever. At a time when many of the special places in Virginia could easily be lost, these stories remind us why land conservation is so important.

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From the Piedmont View

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

Planning for Access

Jun 18, 2020
As the onset of Covid-19 social-distancing coincided with beautiful spring weather, many Piedmont residents turned to natural areas, parks, trails and even rural roads, enjoying what we all know to…

On the Ground - Summer 2020

Mar 12, 2020
Updates from around the PEC region, organized by county. Albemarle: Comprehensive Plan Updates. Clarke: StoryMap & Upcoming Webinars. Culpeper: Land Use Update, Brandy Station and Cedar Mountain…

2019 Land Conservation Totals

Mar 12, 2020
In 2019, private landowners, working together with land trusts and public agencies, protected 12,475 acres of land in Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange and…

Fronting the Costs: Fencing at Mountain Hollow Farm

Mar 12, 2020
Eight generations of cattle farming had taken its toll on the streams at Dean and Carina Elgin’s Mountain Hollow Farm in northern Fauquier County. Historically, “all the cattle had access to the…

The Relentless Pursuit

Mar 12, 2020
In the 16 years I’ve been working for The Piedmont Environmental Council, I have had the privilege and opportunity to help many landowners protect the wonderful natural, cultural, and scenic…

Osage Oranges, Hydrological Cycles, and Ruminations on Conservation Easements

Mar 12, 2020
My wife and I, and our animal family, have lived on the same farm in Clarke County for over 35 years. We donated an easement on our land 20 years ago for the usual reasons—we loved the farm and…

A Few Highlights from 2019

Dec 16, 2019
Through the generous support of our members and help from PEC's partners, a lot of great things have happened this year! We've pulled together this quick list of some of the highlights from 2019…

From the Blue Ridge to the Bay

Sep 15, 2019
In June, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, working with the Montpelier Foundation, donated three conservation easements to PEC that permanently protected 1,024 acres at James Madison’s…

More about Conserving Your Land

Webinar: Fauquier Farm and Land Conservation

May 15, 2020
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…

2020 Land Conservation Update

May 10, 2020
This semi-annual publication of The Piedmont Environmental Council highlights some of the conservation opportunities that are available to local landowners. This edition also includes 2019 Piedmont…

Blue Ridge to the Bay: A Story Map

Apr 07, 2020
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,…

Local Land Conservation Surpasses 12,000 acres in 2019

Jan 27, 2020
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In 2019, private landowners, working together with land trusts and public agencies, protected 12,475 acres of land in Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange and…

Help Protect Virginia's Piedmont

Oct 06, 2017
Land conservation is critical to protecting the water we drink, conserving the farms that grow our food, providing habitat for plants and animals, and saving special places that have shaped our…

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