Partners

This dynamic working network is convened by Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Virginia, with Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC), Blandy Experimental Farm at the State Arboretum of Virginia, the Virginia Native Plant Society, the American Bird Conservancy, Virginia Outdoors Foundation, USDA, Environmental Studies on the Piedmont, Shenandoah National Park and several local service providers and landowners.

 

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Contact Person:
Brenda Mead, Executive Director
Phone Number: 540.886.3541
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Website: www.valleyconservation.org  

Founded in 1990, the Valley Conservation Council (VCC) is a member-supported land trust that protects the natural resources, cultural heritage, and agricultural vitality of the greater Shenandoah Valley region. Its 11-county service area stretches from Frederick County southward to Botetourt County, and from the Allegheny Mountains to the Blue Ridge, including the headwaters of the James and Potomac Rivers. Its programs focus on topics such as conservation easements, better development models, agricultural and forestal districts, public outreach and advocacy, farm protection, agritourism, and forest ecology.

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Contact Person:
David Pashley
Phone Number: 540-253-5780
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Website: http://www.abcbirds.org

American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is a 501(c)(3), not-for profit organization whose mission is to conserve native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. ABC is the only U.S.-based group with a major focus on bird habitat conservation throughout the entire Americas. ABC acts across the full spectrum of threats to birds to safeguard the rarest bird species, restore habitats, and reduce threats, unifying and strengthening the bird conservation movement.

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Primary Contact Person:
Tom Wood, Director
Phone Number: 703-963-0866
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Secondary Contact Person:
Cindy Shea, Assistant Director
Phone Number: 540-349-3331
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Website: http://www.envstudies.org

We are a private research, education and conservation field station headquartered on 914 acres, placed in a conservation easement, just north of Warrenton, Virginia, in the Northern Piedmont, providing a rich resource for indigenous plant and wildlife studies.  Environmental Studies emphasizes conservation. We integrate nature with human activity and development needs so that natural resources are sustainably renewed instead of depleted. We believe this depends upon bringing scientists and the public together in partnership, by encouraging community participation in our research through hands-on education and volunteer programs.

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Primary Contact:
Chad Wentz, State Resource Conservationist
Phone:  804-287-1668
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Secondary Contact:
Jeff Jones, State Biologist
Phone:  804-287-1636
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Website: http://www.va.nrcs.usda.gov

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is the primary federal agency that works with private landowners to protect natural resources.  In Virginia, NRCS works closely with 47 soil and water conservation districts and several state agencies to provide farmers and other landowners with technical expertise to meet their specific economic and environmental objectives. NRCS also provides financial assistance through several Farm Bill programs, which offer incentives to reduce erosion, improve air and water quality, preserve wetlands, enhance wildlife habitat, and protect farmland and grazing land from urban development.

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Contact Person:
Celia Vuocolo, Habitat & Stewardship Specialist
Phone Number: 540-347-2334 ext 7086
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Website: https://www.pecva.org

For almost 40 years, Piedmont Environmental Council has advocated smart growth, land and water conservation, sound energy production, and community empowerment for residents of the nine-county region of Virginia's northern Piedmont. 

Helping to conserve over 325,000 acres of land through conservation easements, PEC opened the Sustainable Habitat Program in 2010 to offer landowners opportunities to participate in the next logical step of land protection: restoration.  As leading partner in the Virginia Working Landscapes-Grasslands Group with land conservation officers serving every county, PEC directly assists landowners in restoring early successional landscapes that support native species of warm-season grasses and forbs, pollinators, and grassland-dependent birds such as bobwhite quail, meadowlarks, prairie warblers, and grasshopper sparrows.

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Primary Contact Person:
Sally Anderson, VNPS President
Phone Number: 540-722-3072
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Secondary Contact Person:
Marjorie Prochaska, Piedmont Chapter President
Phone Number: 540-364-1029
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Website: http://vnps.org/

Our organization was founded in 1982 as the Virginia Wildflower Preservation Society, became the Virginia Native Plant Society in 1989. It is a nonprofit organization of individuals who share an interest in Virginia’s native plants and habitats. The Society and its chapters seek to further the appreciation and conservation of this priceless heritage.

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Contact: Andrea Reese, Stewardship Specialist
Phone: 540-347-7727 Ext 230
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Website: http://www.virginiaoutdoorsfoundation.org

Established in 1966, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation is Virginia's leader in land conservation, protecting about 600,000 acres of natural, scenic, historic, scientific, open-space and recreational areas across 105 counties and cities. Since 2000, VOF has preserved open space in Virginia at a rate of five acres every hour, primarily through open-space easements on privately owned lands.

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