The Piedmont View

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So Many Bills, So Little Time

Photo by Marco Sanchez, PEC It is March, a time when most people eagerly await the end of winter and embrace the first signs of spring. For me, the spring also marks the end of long days and nights spent ...
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PEC Conservation Field Representative Rex Linville. Photo by Marco Sanchez.

The Relentless Pursuit

PEC Conservation Field Representative Rex Linville. Photo by Marco Sanchez. In the 16 years I’ve been working for The Piedmont Environmental Council, I have had the privilege and opportunity to help many landowners protect the wonderful natural, cultural, and scenic ...
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President's Letter - Spring 2020

President’s Letter – Spring 2020

PEC’s Marco Sanchez and Friends of the Rappahannock’s JoEllen Santulli at a tree planting in Orange, VA. Photo by Hugh Kenny. Dear Friends, Rumor has it, the idea for Earth Day was first announced at the Airlie Conference Center in ...
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On the Ground - Spring 2020

On the Ground – Spring 2020

Albemarle Morven East Good news! In January, the UVA Foundation protected almost 1,200 acres of forest land, known as Morven East, located in the viewshed of Monticello. This important project was part of a significant gift of land from John ...
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Carina and Dean Elgin at their fence.

Fronting the Costs: Fencing at Mountain Hollow Farm

Carina and Dean Elgin at their fence. Photo by Hugh Kenny, PEC. Eight generations of cattle farming had taken its toll on the streams at Dean and Carina Elgin’s Mountain Hollow Farm in northern Fauquier County. Historically, “all the cattle ...
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Spring at Roundabout Meadows

Spring at Roundabout Meadows

A lot is going on, at and around our 141-acre Roundabout Meadows property at Gilberts Corner in Loudoun County. We’ve got a new trail opening, the second season for the Community Farm and news to share about the market property ...
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Osage Oranges, Hydrological Cycles, and Ruminations on Conservation Easements

Osage Oranges, Hydrological Cycles, and Ruminations on Conservation Easements

PEC Board Co-Chair, George Ohrstom II. Photo by Ken Garrett. My wife and I, and our animal family, have lived on the same farm inClarke County for over 35 years. We donated an easement on our land 20 years ago ...
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President's Letter - Winter 2019

President’s Letter – Winter 2019

PEC President Chris Miller stands with his mother and father, Suzanne Miller and William Miller, after being presented with the Coalition for Smarter Growth's Sanders-Henn Community Hero Award in 2017. Photo by Matt Ha Photography My choice to work at ...
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