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Please address general press inquiries to Cindy Sabato at or 540-347-2334 x7021 — or to the point of contact listed in a specific press release. You can also get in touch with PEC on Twitter (@piedmontenviron).

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Conservation in 2021 bring regional conserved land totals to 25 percent

In 2021, private landowners partnered with various land trusts and conservation agencies to permanently protect an additional 6,474 acres of land in Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock counties …
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Wilderness Crossing: New Residential Development or Potential Superfund Site?

In November 2021, PEC learned that of the five formally-named gold mine sites located on the proposed Wilderness Crossing residential development, none of them have been closed and cleaned up – a process called “reclamation.” …
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Climate Scientist Katharine Hayhoe Shares Hope for the Holidays

Over 70 people, from Fairfax to Winchester, gathered at the Blue Valley Vineyard and Winery in Delaplane on Saturday, Dec. 18 to hear from Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, renowned climate scientist and author of the recently …
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PEC Announces Annual Photo Contest Winners for 2021

The Piedmont Environmental Council is pleased to announce the winners of its 2021 Annual Photo Contest, in which professional and amateur photographers alike submit their best images of the beautiful Virginia Piedmont, from within Albemarle, …
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Maddensville Historic Site, Civil War Memorial, is dedicated before a crowd of 200 in Culpeper

Maddensville Historic Site, Civil War Memorial, is dedicated before a crowd of 200 in Culpeper

On the stunningly sunny and crystal clear, crisp morning of Saturday, Nov. 6, just ahead of Veteran’s Day, some 200 people from far and wide came together in rural Culpeper County, Virginia to dedicate a …

New monument to honor United States Colored Troops and African American contributions in Culpeper County

While a national reckoning with the impacts of long-standing Confederate symbolism has brought about the sweeping removal of many Civil War statues across the commonwealth, at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6, just ahead of …
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PEC Accepting Annual Photo Contest Submissions Through Sept. 30

Now through September 30, professional and amateur photographers alike are invited to submit their best images of the beautiful Virginia Piedmont in The Piedmont Environmental Council’s 11th Annual Photo Contest …
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Virginia Survey Shows Support for Conservation

Over three-quarters of Virginias support investing $300 million annually to protect Virginia’s natural resources …
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PEC’s Piedmont Mobility Alliance recognizes retired Albemarle Greenways Coordinator Dan Mahon

On Friday, Aug. 27, The Piedmont Environmental Council’s Piedmont Mobility Alliance recognized recently-retired Albemarle County Greenways Coordinator Dan Mahon for more than 20 years of service as a “local greenways and blueways pioneer in central …
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New Rappahannock River Kayak/Canoe Launch Now Open in Remington, Ribbon-cutting planned for Aug 14, 2021

Fauquier County’s second Rappahannock River kayak/canoe launch is now open at the Rector Tract, located at the end of River Road in Remington, giving county residents a new public access point to the state-designated scenic …