Plantings for the Piedmont

There are numerous programs across our 9-county region which provide free technical assistance, project design, materials, and labor for the planting of native trees and shrubs in riparian zones on qualifying properties.

Learn more about the program for your watershed:

Potomac Planting Program

Learn more about the program for properties in Clarke, Loudoun and parts of Fauquier in the Potomac watershed.

Headwater Stream Initiative

Learn more about the program covering covering the upper Rappahannock watershed, covering all or parts of Fauquier, Rappahannock, Culpeper, Greene, Madison, and Orange counties.

James River Buffer Program

Learn more about the programs available in the James watershed, including Albemarle, and parts of Greene and Orange.


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Fall tree plantings + Orvis Giveback days

As PEC’s Tree Planting and Stewardship Coordinator, I’d like to invite you to join our conservation team this fall to plant native trees and shrubs along waterways in the Virginia Piedmont. We’re looking for volunteers to help out on four different days in October and November.
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Fall 2022 Tree Planting Opportunities

We're so excited to announce four volunteer tree plantings for the fall! Planting native trees and shrubs along streams, rivers, and ponds – also known as riparian buffers – is a way to help clean water and connect wildlife habitat. Our tree plantings will take place in Clarke, Fauquier and
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This September, Orvis Giveback Days Will Raise Money for The Piedmont Environmental Council’s Tree Planting Program

During the month of May, when you shop at your local Orvis store in Arlington, Leesburg or Tysons Corner part of your purchase goes to support local land and water conservation efforts! For every purchase over $10, Orvis will donate $10 on your behalf to The Piedmont Environmental Council as
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Earth Day Tree Planting at the Volgenau Property

Last week, with the help of 56 volunteers, we planted 550 trees along the banks of Thumb Run on the Volgenau property in Fauquier County.
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Planting Trees at Thunder Lane Farm for Earth Month

PEC's Maggi Blomstrom stands with the farm owner. Credit Hugh Kenny/PEC On Thursday, April 14 and Friday, April 15, 23 volunteers joined The Piedmont Environmental Council at Thunder Lane Farm in Culpeper, VA for an Earth Month-inspired tree planting. The streams that run through the farm are tributaries to Mountain
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2022 Bluebell Walk

On April 9, 2022, The Piedmont Environmental Council’s Julian W. Scheer Fauquier Land Conservation Fund hosted its annual "Bluebell Walk on Cedar Run" at Bonny Brook Farm in Catlett, VA.
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April Tree Planting Opportunities

For the month of April, we have three new and fast-approaching volunteer opportunities to help us plant trees.
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Re-aligning Land and Nature at the Holden Farm in Loudoun County

In 2021, the Holdens partnered with The Piedmont Environmental Council to permanently conserve their rolling 35-acre farm just south of the historic Quaker village of Lincoln.
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Rappahannock Headwater Stream Initiative

The Headwater Stream Initiative is a joint project of The Piedmont Environmental Council and Friends of the Rappahannock.
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James River Buffer Program

Our partners at the James River Association, Virginia Department of Forestry, and Chesapeake Bay Foundation are working with landowners across the middle and upper James watershed to restore or create forest buffers that improve the quality of local waterways.
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Potomac Planting Program

The Potomac Planting Program includes properties in the Potomac River watershed of Clarke, Loudoun and Fauquier counties.
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Why Riparian Buffers?

Riparian buffers are the vegetated areas along rivers, streams, creeks, and other waterways. They provide a number of important benefits for stream health, people and wildlife.
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Other Cost-Share Programs

Learn more about the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) and Soil & Water Conservation District Ag BMP cost-share programs.
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The Land Along Life-Giving Water

This fall, we received two important grants to support and expand our work protecting rivers and streams.
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750+ Trees Planted at Sky Meadows State Park

In October, volunteers helped plant 3.5 acres of trees to protect the Goose Creek Watershed.
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Video: Meadows Farm Tree Planting

WATCH: PEC staff and volunteers planted 300 trees at Meadows Farm in Fauquier County on Earth Day!
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Pen Druid Tree Planting

Part of a collective effort to get native trees and shrubs planted in riparian zones in headwater counties of the Rappahannock River Watershed.
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A Legacy of Love

A Legacy of Love

Through the Headwaters Stream Initiative, an astounding 3,765 trees were planted on 16 acres the Goodall property in Madison County, including 4,600 linear feet of stream.
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Trout Streams

Planting riparian buffers along native trout streams is a priority for the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) and Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR). Many of the headwater streams of the Upper Rappahannock watershed support Eastern brook trout, the only trout species native to Virginia.
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