Strong Communities

A thoughtful approach to land use planning, paired with decision-making that balances growth and development with natural and cultural resource protection, is vital to maintaining a healthy and vibrant Piedmont region.

PEC Donates Land to National Park Service

PEC Donates Land to National Park Service

Shenandoah National Park just grew a little bigger and a little more beautiful. This past May, The Piedmont Environmental Council donated a 17.2-acre property it owned in Rappahannock County to the National Park Service. A forested …
A small town with a lot to offer

A small town with a lot to offer

Creating a community park takes quite a bit of planning, which is why the historic railroad town of Remington is about to receive support for adding recreational space for its residents and visitors. Situated on …
PEC Donates Land to National Park

PEC Donates Land to National Park

Shenandoah National Park just grew a little bigger and a little more beautiful. This past May, We donated a 17.2-acre property of ours in Rappahannock County to the National Park Service. A forested and vacant …
A woman stands with two children.

Montpelier-Grelen Trail Receives “Virginia Treasures” Award

Part of a nine-mile trail system with old-growth forests and meadows, the Montpelier-Grelen Trail links the historic James Madison’s Montpelier with Grelen Nursery, a 25-year-old working tree nursery in Orange County …
image

A Trail of History

Walking downhill through the open meadow, one gets a sense of liberty that comes when exploring this tranquil, rural place. At the bottom of the hill, there’s an historic log structure, which provides a glimpse …
A Great Day at Chapman DeMary Trail

A Great Day at Chapman DeMary Trail

We were excited to team up with The Nature Generation this summer on an educational/volunteer event at the Chapman DeMary Trail in Loudoun County. 19 students and educators from Indonesia were guided through water monitoring …
Diana Boeke and Amir Abdelmalek

On the Ground

Read “On the Ground” updates for Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock Counties …
image

A Vote Against Sprawl

Developers pushed Loudoun Board of Supervisors for more houses in the Transition Area and the Loudoun community pushed back! …
Talking Taxes and Growth

Talking Taxes and Growth

Over the past year, there has been a heated discussion of issues tied to growth and taxes in Fauquier County, both in the local papers and in casual conversation. In these discussions a host of …
Fauquier Mythbusters

Fauquier Mythbusters

A look at some popular myths about Fauquier County’s land use, growth, taxes and development. From ‘Fauquier County is no growth’ to ‘Land with a conservation easement limits farming’ …