The Piedmont View

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Saving Nature in Town

Saving Nature in Town

Three children romped down the trail, shouting in unison, "We found the Osage Orange! We found the Osage Orange!" The softball-sized fruit, with its bright green, wrinkled shell was the last thing they needed to complete a 26-item scavenger hunt ...
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Fellowship Program – Five Years In

This summer marked the fifth year of the PEC Fellowship Program, which is becoming a nationally known educational program for students with an interest in environmental work. Each year, twelve college students, graduate students, and recent graduates spend seven weeks ...
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Virginia Uranium Company Pushing to End the Ban in 2012

Virginia Uranium Company Pushing to End the Ban in 2012

On the day that an earthquake struck Virginia, as the region prepared for a hurricane, representatives of Virginia Uranium found themselves addressing the City Council of Virginia Beach, to explain why containment pits of radioactive mine tailings upstream would not ...
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The Western Bypass around Charlottesville

Double Bypass

If there’s one thing that’s been bypassed in the ongoing push for new roads around DC and Charlottesville, it’s public process. First, in May, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) revived plans for a developers’ dream road around DC—the vast Outer ...
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Wild Child

Wild Child

What fears are separating children from nature? What happens when they reconnect? When children first arrive at Rappahannock Nature Camp, they are afraid of bugs, the camp director, Lyt Wood, told me. But, on the day I visited this summer, ...
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Uranium Here

Uranium Here

In 1979, Bill Speiden was offered a lease for uranium mining and milling on his Orange County farm. That uranium hasn’t gone anywhere. The debate over uranium mining and milling in Virginia is coming to a head, with a much-awaited ...
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Big Growth in Greene

Big Growth in Greene

When Brian Higgins joined PEC's staff as our first full-time field officer for Culpeper and Greene, this summer, he had to hit the ground running in Greene County. For one thing, the county is considering a rezoning for a development ...
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