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Help Protect Virginia's Piedmont - A Message from Robert Duvall

Ways to Get Involved

The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) a 501(c)3 nonprofit, was founded in 1972 to promote and protect the Virginia Piedmont’s rural economy, natural resources, history and beauty. Headquartered in Warrenton, VA, we have offices throughout a …
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The Bill Backer Legacy Society

Help secure the future of the Piedmont through a Charitable Bequest …
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PEC's Legacy Society: Leaving Your Mark

PEC’s Legacy Society: Leaving Your Mark

PEC has worked for 40 years to promote and protect the natural resources and vibrant communities of the Piedmont. We would not be where we are today, however, without the dedication of concerned citizens who …
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Looking Back and Moving Forward: 40 Years with PEC

Looking Back and Moving Forward: 40 Years with PEC

The Piedmont Environmental Council turned 40 this year. For individuals, a 40th birthday might be a dreaded event—where friends and families don black hats and tell jokes about getting older. For a regional, non-profit organization, …
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The Curse of the Yellow Powder

The Curse of the Yellow Powder

Is it possible to restore a landscape damaged by uranium? Ask the Navajo in New Mexico …
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Spout Run Watershed Gets Some T.L.C.

Spout Run Watershed Gets Some T.L.C.

Clarke County’s Spout Run watershed is comprised of 14 miles of perennial streams, many of which are spring-fed. So, Spout Run has the potential to provide clean water and support a large variety of wildlife …
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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 …
Orange County's Rural Areas Under Threat

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 …
Landscaping to Make a Difference

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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Map of Thumb Run Watershed

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 …