The Piedmont View

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aerial photo of orange county where wilderness crossing is proposed

The Trouble with Wilderness Crossing

When it comes to policies and decisions that impact communities and quality of life for their residents, the most important voices are those of community residents themselves. And since 1972, The Piedmont Environmental Council has worked hard to be your eyes and ears on the ground and to encourage your voice in protecting the places and natural resources you care ...
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a small brown bird perches on a leafy tree branch

An Introduction to Grassland Birds

PGBI Coordinator Justin Proctor shares his experience researching grassland birds ...
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Fall 2021 Newsletter

The fall 2021 edition contains articles about the Piedmont Grassland Bird Initiative, a new meat processing program that supports the rural economy, Loudoun County's historic villages, recent PEC fellows and projects, on the ground updates from PEC’s 9 counties, and more ...
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On the Ground Updates – June 2021

A series of short updates from around the PEC region - Albemarle & Charlottesville, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange & Rappahannock ...
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A historical image of a building, set on a table.

Story Map Brings History to Light

In 1860, free and enslaved African Americans made up half of Fauquier County’s entire population. Black communities like Morgantown, two miles south of Marshall and where Afro-American Historical Association of Fauquier County President Karen Hughes White and Board Member Angela Davidson were raised, grew out of emancipation. They held powerful meaning as community centers where African Americans could freely do ...
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PEC Senior Conservation Fellow Kat Imhoff, Albemarle Supervisors Ann Mallek and Liz Palmer, and PEC board member John Birdsall stand beneath the new Moormans Scenic River sign.

Signs of a Scenic River

In western Albemarle County, the cold, pristine waters of the Moormans River spill over a towering Sugar Hollow Dam and wind eastward for 14.3 miles. Flowing gently at first through historic Sugar Hollow and White Hall, it gathers strength and speed from Doyles River, Wards Creek, and other streams before joining the Mechum River at Brinnington to form the Rivanna ...
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President’s Letter – Summer 2021

President’s Letter – Summer 2021

The emergence of the Brood X cicadas this year weirdly coincided with our reentry into in-person interaction and engagement after more than a year of Covid-related restrictions and social distancing and a time of historic political and social change ...
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Logo of the Accredited Land Trust Commission

Every Five Years…

The Land Trust Accreditation Program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The Piedmont Environmental Council is pleased to announce it is applying for renewal of accreditation. A public comment period is now open ...
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