The Piedmont View

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Protecting the Jordan – A Community Effort

When James and Karen Allen placed their Flint Hill property under a conservation easement this August, they protected over 100 beautiful acres of scenic open space and viable farmland; over 4,000 feet of the Jordan River; and more than 1,600 feet of front-age on Zachary Taylor Highway—one of Virginia’s Scenic Byways ...
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Orange County’s Rural Areas Under Threat

Since 2008, Orange County has had a subdivision ordinance that calls for time-phased divisions of land—limiting the number of divisions allowed on a property over a specific period of time. This aspect of the ordinance allows the County to regulate the speed of development in the rural area ...
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Landscaping to Make a Difference

In the Eastern U.S., the crop that takes up the largest acreage isn’t corn, hay, or soybeans—it's mowed lawns ...
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Looking Beyond Property Lines to Restore the Thumb Run Watershed

PEC’s Sustainable Habitat Program Manager, James Barnes, often works with landowners in the Piedmont on a one-on-one basis—helping them find ways (and funding) to improve their properties to restore wildlife habitat and water quality. This conservation work is important, and Barnes has worked with many excited landowners. He’s realized, however, that to make a lasting difference in habitat resoration in ...
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Culpeper Rebuilt

Residents across the Commonwealth were shocked August 23, 2011 when a 5.8 magnitude earthquake, centered in Louisa County, shook the east coast. Downtown Culpeper was one of the hardest hit communities—left with numerous damaged historic buildings. Some of these buildings had to be immediately condemned due to their instability, and the County’s total damages were initially estimated be over $6.5 ...
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On the Ground

PEC has been hard at work in many areas these last few months. Read a brief story from each of our 9 counties ...
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Coal-By-Wire Transmission Line: DEFEATED

Coal-By-Wire Transmission Line: DEFEATED

For six years, the Potomac Appalachian Transmission Highline (PATH)—a massive, unnecessary 765-kV transmission line— has threatened Virginia. The line was to start in southwest West Virginia, travel northeast through previously undisturbed land, eventually cross through Virginia’s northern Piedmont, and wind up near Frederick, Maryland. PEC and our allies have been fighting this wasteful project for years, and we have some ...
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Gov. McDonnell's Uranium Mining Group: Putting the Cart Before the Horse

Gov. McDonnell’s Uranium Mining Group: Putting the Cart Before the Horse

In 2007, Virginia Uranium, LLC, (VUI) began lobbying hard for the General Assembly’s standing moratorium on uranium mining and milling to be lifted. The corporation has big plans to start a mining and milling operation in Pittsylvania County, and PEC and our allies have fought them every step of the way. There is simply too much at stake. Uranium mining ...
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