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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a man and women hold a green sign between them that says "This property is forever protected with a conservation easement"

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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aerial view of a meandering stream through two fields in a rural landscape during autumn

Re-aligning Land and Nature at the Holden Farm in Loudoun County

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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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Aerial view of prescribed burn at the Piedmont Memorial Overlook

Prescribed Burn at the Piedmont Memorial Overlook (03/04/2022)

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As part of our habitat management efforts at the Piedmont Memorial Overlook near Sky Meadows State Park, the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) conducted a prescribed burn on four acres of our native warm-season grass meadow ...
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aerial image of valley of conserved land

2022-2024 Virginia Budget Priorities

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The 2022-2024 biennium budget is an opportunity to make historic investments in the preservation and enjoyment of Virginia’s natural lands ...
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map showing pec's 9-county region, green areas that are conserved, orange areas with new easements

Conservation in 2021 bring regional conserved land totals to 25 percent

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In 2021, private landowners partnered with various land trusts and conservation agencies to permanently protect an additional 6,474 acres of land in Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock counties ...
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