Historic & Scenic Landscapes

The Piedmont's beautiful vistas also present some of America's most historic terrain-where visionaries, pioneers, farmers, generals, soldiers, slaves and Presidents lived and left their mark.

From the Piedmont View

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

President's Letter - Winter 2018

Dec 14, 2018
When PEC was created in 1972, the underlying motivation for many of the founders was to help the communities where they lived and the landscape they loved respond to massive forces of change. Thank…

Speaking Up for Land Conservation

Dec 14, 2018
(By Rex Linville) My job with The Piedmont Environmental Council usually has me visiting farms and forests in Albemarle and Greene counties and advising landowners on conservation strategies for…

On the Ground -- Winter 2018

Dec 14, 2018
Updates from the around the PEC region, organized by county. Albemarle: Strengthening growth management in Albemarle. Clarke: Promoting and celebrating Conservation. Culpeper: A Finger on the Scale…

Protecting the Goose Creek Watershed

Dec 14, 2018
PEC was recently awarded a $15,600 grant from the Virginia Environmental Endowment to further our work identifying and prioritizing opportunities to implement agricultural best management practices…

A small town with a lot to offer

Sep 22, 2016
Creating a community park takes quite a bit of planning, which is why the historic railroad town of Remington is about to receive support for adding recreational space for its residents and visitors.…

Preserving History at Jack’s Shop and James City

Sep 22, 2016
PEC received a grant of $35,300 from the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program to research the history of two previously undocumented Civil War battles that occurred at…

More Historic & Scenic Landscapes

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    Nov 04, 2017

    Nov. 9 Key Vote for Waterloo Bridge - Time to Act!

    After nearly four years working to save Waterloo Bridge, success is within arm's reach! On November 9, 2017 at 6:30pm the Fauquier Board of Supervisors will make a decision that will effectively determine the bridge’s fate. This text was taken from an email alert we sent out on November 4, 2017. Read More
  • Mar 07, 2017

    Comments Requesting Re-evaluation of Statewide Historic Bridge Inventory

    The Commonwealth’s historic bridges create a sense of place and a link to the past. These bridges - versus featureless concrete slabs - are community amenities. They provide not just the physical crossing of a stream or river, but an experience that connects people to both the road and the surrounding landscape.  Read More
  • Jan 13, 2014

    Commentary on Surry-Skiffes Creek Transmission Line

    On Tuesday November 26th the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) issued its Final Order approving a 500 kV line that crosses the James River near Williamsburg, Virginia... This application was extremely controversial from its inception3. At 500 kV this line is very large, more typical of an inter-state transmission line than a 7.4 mile intra-state regional reliability solution. Read More
  • Feb 11, 2012

    Honoring Local History

    "This part of northern Virginia has soaked up more of the blood, sweat and tears of American history than any other part of the country." --Late Yale historian C. Vann Woodward Read More
  • Dec 14, 2011

    The Journey Through Hallowed Ground

    PEC is proud to be a part of The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising national awareness of the unparalleled history in the region. Read More
  • Dec 14, 2011

    Tools to Preserve Rural Land

    Many tools are available to preserve rural land, from private land conservation to Purchase of Development Rights programs, land use taxation, zoning provisions and more. Read More

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