Publications

The Piedmont Environmental Council produces a number of publications, including our quarterly membership newsletter, The Piedmont View, annual reports, Buy Fresh Buy Local guides for the Northern Piedmont, Charlottesville Area, and Loudoun County, and more.

2023-2028 Strategic Plan

The Piedmont Environmental Council’s 2023-2028 Strategic Plan sets a direction for the years ahead …

Annual Reports

PEC is a locally-based, donor-supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit and an accredited land trust. Read through recent annual reports for an in-depth look at program activities and outcomes! …

Buy Fresh Buy Local Guides

The Piedmont Environmental Council’s Buy Fresh Buy Local program helps consumers find local products while building relationships between growers, food artisans, farmers’ markets retailers, restaurants, …

Loudoun Outdoors Guide

With over 10,000 acres of parks, public lands, and other natural areas, opportunities abound in Loudoun County for the outdoor enthusiast. Our print guide highlights …

The Piedmont View

View articles published in our quarterly membership newsletter, The Piedmont View. To become a PEC member or renew your existing membership, visit our donations page …
an aerial mosaic of rural land with a blue pond
Easement property in Madison County, VA. Credit Hugh Kenny/PEC

Conservation and Restoration Publications

Rural Landowner Manual cover, featuring a rural landscape

Rural Landowner Manual: A Resource Guide for the Northern Piedmont

The publication includes a list of experts, programs and opportunities to assist landowners, with practical advice on navigating the complexities of rural property stewardship …
farmland and barns with mountains in background

Strengthening Albemarle County’s Land Conservation Programs: AC44 Comprehensive Plan

As part of the AC44 Comprehensive Plan update, the County has the opportunity to increase support for and strengthen its land conservation programs, including reinstating its purchase of development rights (PDR) program …
aerial view of the community farm, a few acres of cropland surrounded by green space and buffered by trees and a roundabout

Bridging the Urban/Rural Divide

From my perspective over at Gilberts Corner, I can look in either direction and see these two very different, but interdependent worlds …
Four staff stand in front of the Virginia State Capitol building and lawn.

President’s Letter: While There Is Still Time

For more than 50 years, PEC has advocated that local governments, state agencies and communities plan together for long-term sustainability with a thoughtful balance between development and conservation …
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Introducing PEC’s New Board Chair and Leadership Team

Introducing PEC’s New Board Chair and Leadership Team

Jean Perin and George Ohrstrom led The Piedmont Environmental Council, as board co-chairs, with great humility, care and passion for 10 years. In January, they turned the reins over to David Aldrich and a new …
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Who’s Protecting the Piedmont?

Here, we highlight two of those people, who are protecting the Piedmont with a passion and focus on stemming the decline of our once-abundant grassland birds …
expansive view of seed trays filled with small green sprouts

Spring 2024 Piedmont View

In this issue: conservation stories from 2023; a legislative update from the General Assembly; meet PEC’s new board officers; land use highlights around the region; upcoming events, and much more …
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