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Valley Conservation Council

Augusta County families protect land, water

Valley Conservation Council is protecting nearly 1,200 acres of farmed and open space land.

Valley Conservation Council

Valley Conservation Council teams up with local artist for educational, fundraising series

Artist Jennet Inglis and Valley Conservation Council are teaming up to produce a three part series of fundraising and educational events that link the honoring of nature in fine art with scientific conservation practices.

Staunton’s Food Day festivities

Mary Baldwin College, the Staunton Creative Community Fund and Valley Conservation Council are joining forces to co-host Staunton’s Food Day Festivities on Thursday from 4-7 pm at Mary Baldwin’s Hunt Dining Hall.

New grant program supports Shenandoah Valley foods businesses

Valley Conservation Council (VCC) and the Staunton Creative Community Fund (SCCF) have funded eight projects through the Agriculture Cultivates Resilient EconomieS (ACRES) grant program.

$300,000 grant to benefit Upper Middle River landowners in Augusta County

The Headwaters Soil and Water Conservation District signed a three-year grant agreement with Valley Conservation Council to aid in the implementation of conservation practices, particularly livestock stream exclusion fencing, in the Upper Middle River watershed.
The Headwaters Soil and Water Conservation District signed a three-year grant agreement with Valley Conservation Council to aid in the implementation of conservation practices, particularly livestock stream exclusion fencing, in the Upper Middle River watershed.

Valley Conservation Council selected for national program

The Land Trust Alliance, a national organization that supports private land trusts, announced that it selected the Valley Conservation Council as one of only 15 land trusts in the southeastern U.S. to participate in its new Excellence Enhancement Program.


Valley Conservation Council awards ag mini-grants

Valley Conservation Council, through its Resource Conservation and Development Program, is pleased to announce its mini-grant recipients for Agriculture Sustainability and Vitality in the Shenandoah River Watershed.

“This Place Augusta” speaker offers farmer’s perspective

Steve Saufley, a board member of the Virginia Farm Bureau and a farmer, will talk on “Town and Country Augusta”  at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at the Augusta County Government Center in Verona.  The program is the third in the “This Place Augusta Series” hosted by the Augusta Community Partnership and organized by […]

Council announces ‘This Place Augusta’ series

The role of Augusta County’s landscape in the creation of villages and industries throughout its history will be the topic of the second program in the “This Place Augusta” series being held over the next few months. In the talk, Virginia Military Institute history professor Ken Koons will explore Augusta’s settlement at the Augusta County […]

Local projects recognized by Valley Conservation Council

The Valley Conservation Council announced the winners of its 2011 Better Models for Development Awards at a ceremony held on May 25 at Court Square Theater in Downtown Harrisonburg. This year’s 12 winners demonstrate a variety of approaches to building and development that enhance the character of Shenandoah Valley communities while minimizing impacts on resources. […]

Workshop to focus on farmland conservation

Commissioner of Agriculture Matt Lohr will open an evening workshop on farmland conservation to be held at Weyers Cave Community Center on Monday, May 16th at 7 p.m. Lohr will address efforts to meet Gov. Bob McDonnell’s goal of conserving 400,000 acres of land during his term. To that end, various state agencies and private groups […]

Valley Conservation Council book touts better development models

Better Models for Development in the Shenandoah Valley 2010, just released by the Valley Conservation Council, has a clear message: When the next development cycle starts up, let’s try for something better. Using more than 300 full-color images, the book showcases innovative projects from the region and beyond. Organized along “Six Principles for Better Development,” […]

Conservation group marks 20 years

Founded in 1990, Valley Conservation Council has reached a milestone, celebrating 20 years of success in its mission to “promote land use that sustains the farms, forests, open space and cultural heritage of the Shenandoah Valley region.” Executive director John Eckman presented the annual Conservator of the Year award to Laura Thurman, the Staunton-based easement […]

The AFP Blog – Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009

– Perriello criticizes tobacco tax in SCHIP bill, Wednesday, 1:40 p.m. – Conservation easements top 100,000 acres in Valley, Wednesday, 12:50 p.m. – Treasury announces new restrictions on executive compensation, Wednesday, 12:50 p.m. – House GOP pushing mental-health reforms, Wednesday, 12:50 p.m. – House bill allowing government-sanctioned sectarian prayers at government meetings unconstitutional, ACLU says, […]

Valley: Groups seek ruling against I-81 widening

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net A coalition of advocacy groups that filed a federal lawsuit last year to block the proposed $11.4 billion widening of Interstate 81 filed a motion in federal court in Charlottesville last week seeking a positive judgment in the case. “We have asked the court to require that (the Virginia Department […]