Restoring Wildlife Habitat

Whether you live in urban, suburban or rural areas, you can make a positive impact on native plants and wildlife. Help us boost biodiversity, productivity and environmental quality across the Piedmont.


Working Together for Clean Water and the Brook Trout

Working Together for Clean Water and the Brook Trout

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Lovingly called “brookies,” eastern brook trout spend their lives in the freshwater streams of Appalachia. Brook trout can only survive in cold, clean water, so their presence or absence in streams is a sign of ecosystem health, making them an ...
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an aerial image of snowy mountains and fields in Rappahannock County

A Few Highlights From 2021

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Winter in Rappahannock County. Credit: Hugh Kenny/PEC. Despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and a global economic slowdown, 2021 proved to be a year of new opportunity here at The Piedmont Environmental Council. Last year, we promised to continue to strengthen ...
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a white and gray bird looks forward, clung to a tree

Winter Birding Opportunities

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A white-breasted nuthach. Credit October Greenfield Wondering how you can get involved in bird conservation this winter? Community science is a great way to stay active, contribute to science and learn more about local ecology. Check out these birding community ...
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green leafy, thorny vines climbing a tree

Greenbrier – Friend or Foe?

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Credit: Hallie Harriman/PEC Thorny, twisting, catching, sharp. These words, and other more colorful ones, are often used to describe common greenbrier (Smilax rotundifolia), a familiar early successional and understory plant. During my outdoor walks, I typically see greenbrier climbing along ...
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Your Support is Doubled for Giving Tuesday

Your Support is Doubled for Giving Tuesday

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Giving Tuesday is a global movement dedicated to giving back to organizations and causes you care about. Today on November 30, your donation will go twice as far thanks to the generosity of a longtime supporter who is offering a ...
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