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.


Woman Plants Tree

Earth Day Tree Planting at the Volgenau Property

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Last week, with the help of 56 volunteers, we planted 550 trees along the banks of Thumb Run on the Volgenau property in Fauquier County. These trees will help improve water quality in the stream, a tributary of the Rappahannock ...
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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. When applied correctly, fire ...
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Headshot of Dr. Sam Ahdoot

Conservation Easement Stories: Dr. Sam Ahdoot

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Dr. Sam Ahdoot placed her land in Rappahannock County under a conservation easement with The Piedmont Environmental Council in 2019. The easement was designed to provide many public benefits, including protecting clean water, restoring native plant and wildlife habitat, and ...
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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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