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.

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Fauquier Habitat goes native around Haiti house

Fauquier Habitat goes native around Haiti house

Fauquier Habitat for Humanity has gone “green” with construction and landscaping of its 55th home. Last week, 15 volunteers and staff members transformed the Warrenton home’s small yard into vibrant, low-maintenance landscape with 217 native …
plant northern piedmont natives presentation slide

Online Event: Plant Northern Piedmont Natives – Changing How We Think About Our Landscapes

On October 20, 2020 PEC’s habitat & stewardship specialist, Celia Vuocolo, gave a virtual presentation about the Plant Northern Piedmont Natives Campaign …
Roundabout Meadows sign in front of a meadow

George Mason University students to survey Roundabout Meadows vegetation

George Mason University plant ecology students are helping The Piedmont Environmental Council measure the success of our wetlands restoration effort at Roundabout Meadows. With a grant from the Virginia Native Plant Society, the students are …
Bonnie Beers planting at Rappahannock County Park

The Little Park that Could

Along the Rush River in the town of Washington, just a few miles east of the Shenandoah National Park, the 7.3-acre Rappahannock County Park is best known by locals for its pirate-ship playground, skate park, …
July at the Piedmont Memorial Overlook

July at the Piedmont Memorial Overlook

The native flower meadow our Piedmont Memorial Overlook property is almost at peak bloom! This 50-acre property, which has one of the best views in Northern Virginia, is publicly accessible via Sky Meadows State Park …
pec office pollinator garden

Creating Habitat for Native Bees

You don’t have to be a genuine bee keeper to help our native bees. You can create a place for them to thrive right in your backyard garden. First, assess your location. Is your project …
Capturing the Rain: Green Infrastructure Options for HOA Common Areas

Capturing the Rain: Green Infrastructure Options for HOA Common Areas

Many residents frequent common areas that are managed by homeowners associations, churches, or local governments. How these entities manage their public landscapes can have a profound effect on the health of our local ecosystems, wildlife, …
Video Updates from PEC's Larson Native Plant Garden

Video Updates from PEC’s Larson Native Plant Garden

Stay up to date with what’s in bloom at PEC’s Larson Native Plant Garden! …
President's Letter - Spring 2020

President’s Letter – Spring 2020

Rumor has it, the idea for Earth Day was first announced at the Airlie Conference Center in Fauquier County, spurring a national and international movement to make the environment a major focus. That was 1969, …
A Fish Runs Through It

A Fish Runs Through It

As the fog broke on a brisk November morning in Madison County, more than three dozen people arrived at the Whiteoak Canyon trailhead ready to celebrate the new, 35-foot, open-span bridge over Cedar Run. They …