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Do you own land along a stream? If so, then you may be interested in the Headwater Stream Initiative, a joint project from PEC and Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR). The initiative provides free technical assistance, project design, materials, and labor for the planting of native trees and shrubs in riparian zones in the Upper Rappahannock River Watershed, which includes Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock Counties.

Map by Watsun Randolph, PEC 

“Planting trees in the headwaters is a win-win for water quality, wildlife habitat and erosion control,” says Carolyn Sedgwick, PEC’s Rappahannock County land conservation officer. “Even if people don’t own land along streams, we’re looking for people of all ages to join our planting team.”

FOR programs manager Bryan Hofmann explains, “For the past three years, FOR has been working to better protect the headwaters of the Rappahannock, and we are pleased to partner with PEC to take the next step in protecting local waterways.”

Visit to sign up and see if your property qualifies. For questions, contact Bryan Hofmann at (540) 373-3448 ext. 112 or Carolyn Sedgwick at (540) 347-2334 ext. 7066.

This project is made possible through generous funding from the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund, Environmental Protection Agency and PEC’s Krebser Fund for Rappahannock County Conservation.

This article was featured in our Fall 2016 Member Newsletter, The Piedmont View. You can read more of the articles on our website or view a PDF of the issue.

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