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President's Letter - Summer 2016

President’s Letter – Summer 2016

We are mourning the loss of Bill Backer, long-time PEC supporter and Piedmont Foundation President, who passed away on May 13, 2016. An advertising genius who taught the “world to sing” when he created the …
A Thank You and Best Wishes

A Thank You and Best Wishes

…As Doug plans for his retirement in July, I reflect on what an honor it has been to work with him through the years. We all know Doug as hard-working, passionate, funny and fearless. We …
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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 …
Remembering Bill Backer

Remembering Bill Backer

A brilliant communicator, Mr. Backer created iconic advertising campaigns such as the 1971 “Hilltop” commercial for Coca Cola featuring his jingle “I’d like to Teach the World to Sing,” “Tastes Great, Less Filling” and “MillerTime” …
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On the Ground Summer 2016

On the Ground Summer 2016

Find out some of the ‘On the Ground’ highlights from around PEC’s region. Albemarle: Key Parkland Purchase, Historic Bridge at Risk Clarke: River and Roots Festival Culpeper: Working with Partners to Create a New Park …
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Grazing Along

Grazing Along

A large herd of fluffy, yet still intimidating, sheep run full speed through a gate as they’re rotated to an alternate pasture at Over Jordan Farm in Flint Hill, Va. “I don’t use herding dogs …
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President’s Letter – Spring 2016

In February, I faced a new challenge—explaining the mission and programs of PEC to millennials. I was asked to give a guest lecture to an audience of undergraduate and graduate students at the University of …
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This Year’s General Assembly

Each winter, one hundred state delegates and forty state senators convene for the Virginia General Assembly, in either a 45-day “short session” or a 60-day “long session.” This year—it was a long session …
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Good News for the Brook Trout

We’re continuing our efforts to increase the habitat available to the eastern brook trout and other fish species with two pilot culvert removal projects …
On the Ground Spring 2016

On the Ground Spring 2016

Updates from our field offices around the Piedmont …
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