Clarke County

Clarke County

Clarke County has a time-honored tradition of promoting and protecting its agricultural roots. It was one of the first counties in the nation to adopt protective zoning regulations, and continues to conserve its unique heritage.

  • Our Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign helps people find local food and drink options!The campaign also builds relationships between growers, food artisans, farmers’ markets, retailers, restaurants, and institutions.
  • 1,210 acres of land in Clarke County were protected by conservation easements in 2016. This brings the total protected land in the county to over 24,900 acres.

From the Piedmont View

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

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…

A Dirty Secret: How Construction Waste is Making its Way Onto Rural Lands

Sep 15, 2019
Steve and Jennifer Rainwater's world was turned upside down in 2017 when an access road was built along their property line and hundreds of dump trucks started arriving to dump dirt, non-stop, on a…

President's Letter - Fall 2019

Sep 23, 2019
At this summer’s Sunset Safari event, The Piedmont Environmental Council, the Shenandoah National Park Trust, and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute recognized The Volgenau Foundation for…

More Local Issues

  • Mar 30, 2020

    Clarke Land Use Update - April 2, 2020

    The Clarke Board of Supervisors adopted a local emergency declaration on March 18. It is mostly to deal with the COVID-19 disaster and related impacts. Read More
  • Feb 23, 2020

    A Virtual Tour of Clarke County

    Long Branch Historic Farm in Clarke County. Photo by Hugh Kenny. Clarke County is an example what can be achieved when conservation, historic preservation and responsible economic development intersect. To celebrate Clarke County and the incredible work being done there, we created a story map virtual tour to show you some of the county's most interesting and significant places.  Read More
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    Feb 04, 2020

    Become a Citizen-Science Water Quality Monitor in Clarke!

    Interested in volunteering? The Piedmont Environmental Council is partnering with Clarke County and the Friends of the Shenandoah River to monitor streams in Clarke County. Visit streams, count bugs and record data to help the community and organizations better understand our waterways. Read More
  • Apr 30, 2018

    Call for Entries: Book and Art Show to Highlight Nature in Clarke County

    Photos by Tim Farmer Do you love Clarke’s Great Outdoors? The Piedmont Environmental Council and the Barns of Rose Hill are proud to be sponsoring a community art project celebrating nature in Clarke County, Virginia. Selected artwork will be featured in a book and exhibited as part of a show at the Barns, both titled Clarke’s Great Outdoors. Photography, essays, short stories, sculpture, painting, photography, mixed media, fiber arts – any medium really - are all welcome, as long as the work is inspired by Clarke’s Great Outdoors! Read More
  • Dec 11, 2014

    Clarke Update -- Dec 2014

    Text from our Dec 2014 Member Newsletter: PEC worked closely with Powhatan and Clarke County schools to coordinate the 8th annual Clarke Conservation Fair, which focused on habitat this year. Read More
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    Jan 15, 2013

    C Spout Run

    There are some exciting initiatives coming up in Clarke County to improve the Spout Run Watershed. One of those is a citizen stream monitoring program - a fun opportunity for you to get involved in a very hands-on way. Read More
  • Feb 17, 2012

    Support Nature & History, Support the Cool Spring Battlefield Park

    Update: Today, March 5th, the Board of Supervisors voted to reject the park proposal in a 3 to 2 vote. To read more about thier decision see the Clarke Daily News article available online. Read More

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