Sources of Conservation Funding Workshop Resources

It was fantastic to have a sold-out crowd at our recent Sources of Conservation Funding Workshop and Social at Powers Farm & Brewery in Midland, VA! We thank everyone who came out to network with us. The docket was packed to the gills with presentations on the technical and financial resources available for residential, agricultural, and wildlife habitat resource enhancement and permanent conservation opportunities for family land. 

If you were unable to attend or need a refresher, The Piedmont Environmental Council and our fantastic conservation partners are here to help you explore your options! Below you will find the presentations along with the direct contact information for each program.

Agricultural, residential and wildlife practices

Such as livestock exclusion fencing and watering systems for improved herd health and water quality; conservation landscaping and rainwater harvesting for backyards of all sizes; delayed haying for grassland birds; and native meadows for pollinators.

John Marshall Soil & Water Conservation District

Melissa Allen, District Manager
(540) 422-8493


USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Casey Iames, District Conservationist – Fauquier, Prince William, Loudoun, Fairfax
(540) 316-6518

Virginia Grassland Bird Initiative

October Greenfield, Wildlife Habitat Restoration Coordinator 
(540) 347-2334 ext 7051

Headwaters Stream Initiative

Linnea Stewart, Tree Planting Coordinator
(540) 347-2334 ext 7053,

Other agricultural, residential, and wildlife practice partners in the crowd included Friends of the Rappahannock, The Clifton Institute, Blue Ridge PRISM, and Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute-Virginia Working Landscapes – also fantastic resources!

Conservation easements

Tools to permanently protect the land that you love for the benefit of current and future generations, and potential financial benefits associated with a donation or purchase of an easement.

The Piedmont Environmental Council Easement Program

Laura O’Brien, Land Conservation Field Representative
(540) 347-2334 ext 7060

Fauquier County Conservation Easement Program

Dean Dodson, Program Manager
540) 422-8049

Carbon credits, ecosystem services

Includes opportunities to monetize comprehensive conservation strategies.

Rappahannock Carbon

Tee Clarkson, First Earth 2030
(616) 558-0748

This free and informative event is one of many made possible by PEC’s Julian W. Scheer Fauquier Land Conservation Fund. The Fauquier Fund provides technical assistance and financial support for landowners looking to donate conservation easements, and short-term loans for folks installing agricultural best management practices with partner agencies, and hosts educational workshops like the one you attended last week. Please consider a donation to the Fauquier Fund! Checks can be made payable to Piedmont Foundation-Julian Scheer Fauquier Fund and sent to The Piedmont Environmental Council at P.O. Box 460 Warrenton, VA 20188.