The Piedmont View

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50 Years of Relentless Incrementalism – Letter from PEC’s President

For 50 years, PEC has remained committed to the pursuit of better local planning and conservation; the results are significant and even inspirational ...
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On the Ground Updates – June 2022

A series of short updates from around the PEC region - Albemarle & Charlottesville, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange & Rappahannock ...
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Meet PEC: Summer 2022

Meet Kevin Kask and Nora Seilheimer! ...
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Amazon and Dominion Set Sights on Warrenton

Two of the biggest corporate interests in Virginia have eyes on Warrenton. Late in 2021, Amazon bought a 41-acre parcel for a potential new data center, and has since submitted a "load letter" to Dominion Energy ...
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Joining the Climate Conversation

The climate is changing across the Virginia Piedmont, and Albemarle County is taking a lead with bold steps to plan for those changes ...
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Histories Along the Blue Ridge: Digitization of Shenandoah National Park condemnation records in Madison County

Three days of rain gave way to sunshine on a May Sunday afternoon, perhaps a perfect symbolism for the official unveiling of a long-awaited project nearly 90 years in the making ...
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The Land That Sustains Us: PEC Celebrates 50 Years

On Saturday, May 21, PEC staff gathered together with more than 160 friends, family, and supporters on the gentle rolling slopes of a mostly-conserved Clark Mountain to celebrate PEC’s 50th year of protecting a special place: the Virginia Piedmont ...
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Taking on State Law in Defense of Family Farms

It’s reasonable that Mike and Tina Roebuck want to hold on to the 112-acre Madison County farm that’s been in the Roebuck family for nearly 150 years. But a clause in a Virginia state law contained an unreasonable requirement that nearly cost the Roebucks the farm, quite literally. And when PEC heard about their predicament, our state policy team went ...
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