Conserving Land

PEC has helped landowners permanently protect more than 420,000 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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Volunteer plants trees in Fauquier County

Video: Meadows Farm Tree Planting

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WATCH: PEC staff and volunteers planted 300 trees at Meadows Farm in Fauquier County on Earth Day! ...
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Brook Trout in hand

Video: Free Flow

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A must-watch!! We’re so excited to bring you this video about our largest trout stream restoration project to date, on Bolton Branch in Rappahannock County on the border of Shenandoah National Park ...
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ACC corps member breaks up rocks

Appalachian Conservation Corps blaze new trail at Rappahannock County Park

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Rappahannock County Park has been visited recently by the Appalachian Conservation Corps (ACC), an AmeriCorps program of Conservation Legacy. The Piedmont Environmental Council, PEC’s Krebser Fund for Rappahannock County and Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) have partnered with the ACC ...
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Conservation Community Celebrates Passage of Bipartisan Easement Legislation

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Governor Northam has signed into law important legislation preserving the integrity of conservation easements throughout Virginia. Read More ...
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Heyward Community Forest trails

A Community Forest Grows (and Expands) on the Edge of Charlottesville

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Since the advent of Covid-19, Charlottesville area greenways and open spaces have seen unprecedented visitorship as people have gravitated to the outdoors in search of the physical and emotional benefits of nature and fresh air. That’s why the creation of ...
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