Tag: conservation

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Governor McAuliffe signs Executive Order 36, creating Virginia’s first Green Community Program

Governor McAuliffe today signed Executive Order 36, authorizing the creation of Virginia’s first Green Community Program.


McAuliffe recognizes farmers for conservation and water quality measures

Governor Terry McAuliffe on Monday presented 10 farmers with 2014 Virginia Grand Basin Clean Water Farm Awards for implementing practices to protect water quality.


Being a good corporate citizen is strategic, says Virginia Tech researcher

In the hospitality and tourism industry, being a good corporate citizen is strategic, because it results in superior financial performance.


Wild Virginia weighs in on George Washington National Forest plan

After more than seven years of stop-and-go progress, the George Washington National Forest finally has a new Forest Plan to guide management for the next 10-15 years.


Conservationists applaud keeping George Washington National Forest lands closed to drilling, fracking

Local conservation groups expressed support for today’s decision from the U.S. Forest Service to make the George Washington National Forest unavailable for oil and gas drilling.


Native wildlife habitats start with native plants

There’s a lot of buzz about local food, but what about local plants? Native plants are those that are indigenous to a region and possess traits that make them uniquely adapted to local conditions.


Virginia submits comments on EPA Clean Power Plan

Governor Terry McAuliffe released a statement following the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s submission of comments in response to the EPA Clean Power Plan.


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New shrub, vine ID book hits the market

The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) has published a new identification guide called “Common Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of Virginia.”


Virginia Environmental Endowment awards $250K in environmental grants

The Virginia Environmental Endowment announced awards of nearly $250,000 to protect and improve the region’s natural resources and environment.


Farm Bureau encouraging comment on EPA Waters proposal

The American Farm Bureau Federation is encouraging its members to participate in the public commend period for the proposed EPA “Waters of the U.S.” rule.


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Agriculture proves good use for historic properties

Most of the fighting at the Battle of Opequon took place on farmland that’s been in the same family since Colonial times and is being restored to its agricultural roots with the advice of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.


Shamrock Farms Augusta County milk plant opens its doors

Shamrock Farms announced on Friday the grand opening of its Augusta County milk plant. The plant officially opened yesterday with a small ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, Todd P. Haymore.


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Governor McAuliffe formally unveils 2014 Virginia Energy Plan

Governor Terry McAuliffe today formally unveiled the 2014 Virginia Energy Plan at an event co-sponsored by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia League of Conservation Voters.


Trout Unlimited & Wild Virginia offer stream monitoring training

Trout Unlimited and Wild Virginia are teaming up to offer a training course for citizen volunteers sought to help with water quality monitoring in the Marcellus Shale regions of Virginia’s and West Virginia’s national forests.


Sign up now for 2015 Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Virginia farmers and forest land owners can now apply for assistance to protect the health and productivity of their land under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) administered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).


Shenandoah National Park Trust research grant announced

To facilitate and encourage scientific research in Shenandoah National Park, a research fellowship program is being offered, funded by the Shenandoah National Park Trust, to support field research in the physical, biological, ecological, social, and cultural sciences.


ACE applications accepted through Oct. 31

Albemarle County is accepting applications now through October 31, 2014 for the current round of the Acquisition of Conservation Easements Program (ACE), a powerful tool for rural land protection.


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Fields, pastures, creek sides … and trees!

Come find out about agroforestry in a day-long workshop focused on two particular practices, riparian buffers and silvopastures. These practices are one way to bring trees back into our farming to work for us, and the land.


Livestock producers urged to enroll in Disaster Assistance Program by Oct. 1

Livestock producers that have experienced grazing losses since October 2011 and may be eligible for benefits but have not yet contacted their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office should do so as soon as possible.


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Community Foundation announces record year

The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge recently announced at a gathering of its donors, volunteers, and community partners that so far in 2014 it has received new contributions and commitments of over $8.5 million.


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Natural Bridge Park hosts Scout Day 2014

Natural Bridge Park and Historic Hotel will host Boy and Girl Scouts from throughout Virginia and the nearby states for a full day of activities focusing on conservation, education, and recreation on Saturday.


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Finding the right tree for the right place

Fall is an ideal time to plant new trees. The best way to keep trees healthy is by planting the right trees in the right places where they naturally grow best.


Report: Decades of coal ash pollution leaking Into Potomac

Five coal ash ponds at Dominion’s Possum Point power plant have been illegally leaking toxic pollutants for decades into groundwater and two popular waterways near Washington, D.C.


USDA provides $328 million to conserve wetlands and farmland, boost economy

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that $328 million in funding is being invested to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the nation.