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.


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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people shopping at a garden center

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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A pollinator garden with a sign.

A Sanctuary, A Pollinator Garden

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Credit: Marco Sanchez/PEC "This native plant garden provides important food and shelter for pollinators, birds and other wildlife," reads a sign introducing a small but impactful plot of brightly colored flowers. As a part of our effort to promote sustainable ...
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A perched barn swallow.

The Aviary

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My home office is in a barn, which means I get to interact daily with the resident barn swallows, Hirundo rustica. Their Latin name means “from the country,” an emblematic moniker that I wish I could stick on the end ...
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Oversized check from Orvis

Video: Orvis Giveback Days for Bolton Branch

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This video was posted to our Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube accounts on 6/25/2021. In May, The Piedmont Environmental Council teamed up with Orvis to raise money to restore two miles of brook trout stream habitat on Bolton Branch in Rappahannock ...
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