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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Montpelier-Grelen Trail Receives “Virginia Treasures” Award

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Part of a nine-mile trail system with old-growth forests and meadows, the Montpelier-Grelen Trail links the historic James Madison’s Montpelier with Grelen Nursery, a 25-year-old working tree nursery in Orange County ...
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Fauquier Hits a Conservation Milestone

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A significant milestone happened this summer that took the collective effort of hundreds of landowners, farmers and families. Leading the charge, Fauquier became the first county in Virginia to forever preserve more than 100,000 acres of land using conservation easements ...
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Go Native Go Local

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This guide provides the residents of the Virginia Piedmont with a listing of businesses, most of them local, that offer products and services that promote our native biodiversity! Go Native Go Local aims to strengthen the local economy and is ...
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‘Fracking’ on Conserved Land?

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The Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) is an important state public agency that has taken part in conserving land in the Commonwealth since 1966. Today, VOF is the largest easement holder in Virginia, and PEC is proud to have partnered with ...
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Forty Years of Conservation

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Hope Porter and Sue Scheer have been fighting to protect rural land for decades. It was in the late 1940s that Porter and her husband realized what the post-war surge in automobile ownership and long-distance commuting could mean for Fauquier ...
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