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On the Ground Updates - September 2021

On the Ground Updates – September 2021

A series of short updates from around the PEC region – Albemarle & Charlottesville, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange & Rappahannock …
aerial image of downtown Culpeper in the spring, during a sunset

President’s Letter – Fall 2021

The past few months have laid bare before us some of the dramatic effects of the changing climate conditions in which we live. The intense storm events, devastating floods and hot, extended summers that continue …
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A Voice for Historic Villages

Over the last year, the future of two of Loudoun’s historic villages, Aldie and St. Louis, have been linked in uncertainty. In an attempt to protect St. Louis’ fragile water sources and remaining historic features …
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Summer at PEC’s Community Farm

Our Community Farm at Roundabout Meadows ushered in its third growing season this spring and welcomed hundreds of volunteers through its gates. As we all continue to grapple with the Covid-19 pandemic, the Community Farm …
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PEC Study Seeks to Aid Local Meat Processors and Farmers

Aided by Virginia’s northern Piedmont climate, pasture conditions, and open space, raising beef cattle has become one of the region’s dominant agricultural land uses. Cattle farming contributes enormously to the local economy, quality of life …
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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 …
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An Introduction to Grassland Birds

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

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 …
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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 …