Conserving Land

PEC has helped landowners permanently protect more than 430,000 acres of rural or natural land. Conservation easements help ensure that the Virginia Piedmont is always characterized by its open spaces, healthy environment and cultural resources.

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Taking on State Law in Defense of Family Farms

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It’s reasonable that Mike and Tina Roebuck want to hold on to the 112-acre Madison County farm that’s been in the Roebuck family for nearly 150 years. But a clause in a Virginia state law contained an unreasonable requirement that ...
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2022 Land Conservation Update

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This annual publication of The Piedmont Environmental Council highlights land conservation opportunities. This edition includes 2021 Piedmont land conservation totals, a feature on the Holden easement in Loudoun County and general information for those who may be interested in putting ...
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2022 Bluebell Walk

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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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map of PEC's 9-county region with conserved land in green

2021 Land Conservation Totals

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In 2021, private landowners partnered with PEC and other conservation agencies to permanently protect 6,474 more acres of land in Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Loudoun, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock counties ...
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Protecting a Historic Landscape in Orange County

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Within the nationally recognized Madison-Barbour Rural Historic District, near Barboursville in Orange County, William K. “Wik” Dove II partnered with The Piedmont Environmental Council to permanently protect his 108 acres with a conservation easement ...
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