Restoring Wildlife Habitat

Whether you live in urban, suburban or rural areas, you can make a positive impact on surrounding fish and wildlife populations. Our web resources are intended to give you the tools to manage your Piedmont lands and waters for greater biodiversity, productivity, and environmental quality.


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Fall’s Favorite Fruit: Persimmon

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A persimmon tree full of fruit. Credit: Hugh Kenny/PEC While walking outside this afternoon, I noticed the tree branches along my fence row were uncharacteristically low. A quick walk over revealed that our persimmon trees are producing fruit, and a ...
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Webinar: Sustainable Landscaping Workshop

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On October 8, 2021, we held a webinar about the importance of using native plants in our landscapes. We were joined by a panel of speakers from The Virginia Department of Forestry, Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Chesapeake Stormwater Network ...
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Support Grassland Birds on World Migratory Bird Day

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A bobolink eating an insect. Credit: October Greenfield/PEC Earlier this year, Smithsonian’s Virginia Working Landscapes and The Piedmont Environmental Council launched the Piedmont Grassland Bird Initiative (PGBI), an effort to stem the decline of grassland bird species. With most of ...
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Avoiding Invasive Species: Call Upon Your HOA

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HOAs can be leaders in planting native, if compelled to do so. This requires homeowner action. Are you aware of the ways you can contact your HOA to talk about invasive plants? Arial view of a suburban neighborhood in Loudoun ...
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Stopping Invasive Species at the Source: What to Avoid at Garden Centers

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People shopping at a big box garden center. Credit: Marco Sanchez/PEC. While it may sound like a no-brainer, the first thing you can do to manage invasive species on your property is to not plant them in the first place ...
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