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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Local Land Conservation Total in 2020

Local Land Conservation Total in 2020

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5,287 acres of land were protected by conservation easements last year ...
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Against All Odds: Re-Discovering Walker Cobler and His Legacy

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"...the presence of an African American cemetery here is uncovering a largely forgotten history that will change the way we think about the African American legacy in Madison County." ...
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Action Alert: Protecting Farmland Now and For the Future

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Farmland lost is farmland lost forever. Budget amendment 97 #2h (Gooditis) would provide an additional $2 million to the Farmland Preservation Fund grant program (current funding is only $250,000), providing much-needed matching funds and encouraging other localities to adopt Purchase ...
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Support SB 1199 and Reject the Proposed Floor Substitute

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Good news! On Tuesday, January 26, Senator Stuart's attempt at a floor substitute for SB 1199 was defeated. This allowed the bill that came out of full committee to proceed to a floor vote. On Wednesday, January 27, SB 1199 ...
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Take Action in Support of Land Conservation Legislation

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Ask your elected officials to support bipartisan legislation that would strengthen conservation easements - HB 1760 and SB 1199 ...
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