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easement map showing green space in nine counties

2023 Land Conservation Totals

In 2023, 6,315 acres of land in Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock counties were permanently protected with 52 conservation easements …
a river surrounded by forest

Conserving a Cultural Crossroads

On Oct. 27, 2023, Historic Germanna’s executive director, Jennifer Hurst Wender, and board president, Keith Hoffman, signed a perpetual open-space easement on Siegen Forest …
woman stands in woods

A Conservation Journey in Madison County

Carolyn Smith’s Madison County property has been on quite the journey since her parents first purchased the former cattle operation in 1965. Donating a 129-acre conservation easement in late 2023 came on the heels of …
Closing 2023: President's Letter

Closing 2023: President’s Letter

2023 has been an exciting year of reflecting on and restating the mission, priorities and programs of PEC with the rollout of a new strategic plan …
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Bringing Solar to Farms in the Piedmont

Bringing Solar to Farms in the Piedmont

Whether it’s DIY or in the hands of the Commonwealth’s many trusted local solar businesses, now is a better time than ever to go solar …
aerial view of a General Assembly chamber

Conservation Community Priorities for the 2024 General Assembly

With the many issues facing Virginia throughout the upcoming session, PEC staff will work with VCN and other allies to testify before the legislature, speak about budget priorities and amendments, and help lead with our …
Winter 2023 Piedmont View

Winter 2023 Piedmont View

In this issue: a 2024 General Assembly preview; this year’s photo contest winners; a look at how PEC is bringing distributed solar to farms in the Piedmont; PEC staffer profiles, Out & About; and more …
A substation being built next to the WO&D Trail. Photo by Hugh Kenny

Fall 2023 Piedmont View

In this issue: Meet two of PEC’s newer land use staff; data center implications for the region; highlights from the 2023 Summer Fellowship; PEC staff on the ground in our nine counties; and more …
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