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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.
  • 424 acres of land in Clarke County were protected by conservation easements in 2019. This brings the total protected land in the county to over 26,504 acres.
  • In Clarke, the county recently passed a local emergency declaration. County offices are still open, but the public is encouraged to conduct business by phone, and stay at home in the case of any illness.

From the Piedmont View

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

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…

Pushing for Transparency

Jun 18, 2020
Obviously, a lot has changed since March, when you last received a copy of the Piedmont View. Soon after, shut-down orders went into place and, like me, you might have felt like you were trapped in a…

Strengthening Local Food Systems

Jun 18, 2020
Early one May morning, a Maola Dairy delivery truck took an unusual turn through the gates and into the parking lot of the Fauquier Community Food Bank. Nearby, Director Sharon Ames’ excitement was…

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…

President's Letter - Summer 2020

Jun 18, 2020
With so much going on around us that we cannot control, doing what we can to make our part of the world better becomes all the more important. This past spring, our staff made a quick and orderly…

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…

More Local Issues

  • Sep 11, 2020

    Online Event: Local Update for PEC Supporters in Clarke County

    Thank you to those of you who were able to join us for The Piedmont Environmental Council’s Zoom meeting, A Local Update for PEC Supporters in Clarke County on Friday, September 11, 2020! While we certainly miss seeing folks face-to-face, we hope you enjoyed the online presentation and learned a little bit more about the things keeping us busy these days. Read More
  • 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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