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New Fifeville Trail Grand Opening and Community Block Party set for October 1

New Fifeville Trail Grand Opening and Community Block Party set for October 1

On Saturday, Oct. 1, community leaders and residents of Charlottesville will celebrate the formal opening of the new Fifeville Trail with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:15 a.m., followed by a Community Block Party from 12 – 4 p.m. The ribbon cutting will be at Tonsler Park, 500 Cherry Avenue; the block party will be at the Shops at Cherry Avenue, 814-830 Cherry Avenue.

What’s at Risk from Climate Change Locally – An Albemarle StoryMap

What’s at Risk from Climate Change Locally – An Albemarle StoryMap

We are already feeling the effects of climate change in Albemarle County and the local impacts are expected to intensify in the coming years. View this online StoryMap to take a closer look at the findings of the Climate Vulnerability and Risk Assessment for Albemarle County released in 2022.

PEC Accepting Annual Photo Contest Submissions Through Sept. 30

PEC Accepting Annual Photo Contest Submissions Through Sept. 30

Now through September 30, professional and amateur photographers alike are invited to submit their best images of the beautiful Virginia Piedmont in The Piedmont Environmental Council’s 11th Annual Photo Contest. All image submissions must be taken within Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange, and Rappahannock counties.

“PW Digital Gateway” Public Hearing on Sept. 14

“PW Digital Gateway” Public Hearing on Sept. 14

The countdown toward one of the most important decisions for the future of Prince William County, and the region as a whole, has begun. The Prince William County Planning Commission has scheduled a public hearing on the Digital Gateway Comprehensive Plan Amendment this coming Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Fall 2022 Tree Planting Opportunities

Fall 2022 Tree Planting Opportunities

We’re so excited to announce four volunteer tree plantings for the fall! Planting native trees and shrubs along streams, rivers, and ponds – also known as riparian buffers – is a way to help clean water and connect wildlife habitat. Our tree plantings will take place in Clarke, Fauquier and Rappahannock counties in October and November.

Montgomery Advocacy Manager (Coalition for Smarter Growth)

The Coalition for Smarter Growth is seeking a full-time Montgomery County Advocacy Manager to advocate for walkable, inclusive transit-oriented development, more housing opportunities close to jobs and transit, strong affordable housing policies and investment, transit funding and better buses, and safer streets for walking and biking, while opposing highway expansion and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Week Ahead for September 6, 2022: Albemarle Supervisors to consider rezoning for 250 units on Rio Road; TJPDC planning for safer streets throughout the region

This one comes out on Labor Day, a day when local governments are closed. It’s a day off for most, and I hope you will spend some of today reviewing this newsletter with an eye toward the future. Government can seem impenetrable and hard to understand, but I spend a lot of my time working to let as many people as possible at least know what’s being discussed, decided, and deferred.

This September, Orvis Giveback Days Will Raise Money for The Piedmont Environmental Council’s Tree Planting Program

This September, Orvis Giveback Days Will Raise Money for The Piedmont Environmental Council’s Tree Planting Program

During the month of May, when you shop at your local Orvis store in Arlington, Leesburg or Tysons Corner part of your purchase goes to support local land and water conservation efforts! For every purchase over $10, Orvis will donate $10 on your behalf to The Piedmont Environmental Council as a part of their Giveback Days campaign.