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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A Buzz Worthy Home

A Buzz Worthy Home

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 …
Planting by Example

Planting by Example

If you happen to walk by our office in Old Town Warrenton, you may notice some changes around the building — a little more green, some dashes of color and new trees to boot. And …
Loudoun Homeowners Associations As Change Agents

Loudoun Homeowners Associations As Change Agents

The new residential communities of Loudoun and many other counties in our region are managed by Homeowner’s Associations (HOA). In the PEC region, over 60% of Loudoun residents live in an HOA-controlled community. These communities …
A Burn at the Piedmont Memorial Overlook

A Burn at the Piedmont Memorial Overlook

As part of our ongoing habitat restoration project at our Piedmont Memorial Overlook property near Sky Meadows State Park, the Virginia Department of Forestry helped us conduct a prescribed burn on 5 acres of our …
Protecting Thumb Run

Protecting Thumb Run

What’s good for wildlife is often good for water quality,” said Celia Vuocolo, PEC’s wildlife habitat and stewardship specialist, as she spoke to guests at the fifth Annual Thumb Run Open House. This sentiment was …
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Managing Land in the Piedmont for the Benefit of Birds & Other Wildlife

Interested in managing your property or backyard for wildlife, but not sure where to start? Our guide, Managing Land in the Piedmont of Virginia for the Benefit of Birds and Other Wildlife, introduces landowners to …
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Thumb Run Wildlife Habitat Corridor Project

In June 2012, PEC received a grant from The Volgenau Foundation to improve wildlife habitat in the northwestern region of Fauquier County. This project area is geographically defined by the Thumb Run watershed; all water …
Opportunity to Help with Ailanthus Control

Opportunity to Help with Ailanthus Control

The following message went out by email from Rod Walker of Blue Ridge PRISM. As a stakeholder, PEC wanted to help spread the word: To landowners in Virginia’s Piedmont and Mountain Region, The Blue Ridge PRISM …
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Lessons Learned & Presentations from the 2016 Loudoun HOA Forum

Lessons Learned & Presentations from the 2016 Loudoun HOA Forum

On the evening of March 10, 2016 more than 150 individuals attended a forum in eastern Loudoun focused on improving landscaping practices for stream health, water quality and the environment. Hosted by The Piedmont Environmental …
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Larval Host Plants of Selected Lepidoptera (e.g. Butterflies, Moths, Skippers) in Virginia

This list of larval host plants for common Virginia butterfly species was compiled by Bob Glennon and David Bryan, NRCS Private Lands Biologists, and Celia Vuocolo, PEC’s Habitat and Stewardship Specialist: …