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Natural Capital Board Unanimously Approves 3 New Directors and 1 New Advisor

At their 3rd Qtr. meeting yesterday, the Center for Natural Capital Directors approved 3 new members of the Board and 1 new Advisor: 2017-2020 Directors T. Allan Comp Ashe Laughlin Steve Wooten Advisor Jack Bocock These folks will help chart the Center’s future particularly in the energy, rivers, and people program areas.      

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Phase I Upper Rappahannock Cleanup Work Nears Completion

3/4 of the 20 mile cleanup of the Upper Rappahannock River has been completed. Remaining is the most difficult section, from Rappahannock River Campground to the confluence. Thanks to all the helpful riverside landowners, DGIF staff with the Phelps Wildlife Management Area, City of Fredericksburg staff, and backers including the Dominion Foundation, and Piedmont Community […]

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NatCap Board Member Fred Circle Receives Gold Medal at the Virginia Governor’s Environmental Excellence Ceremony

Wow! Congratulations to Center Board Member Fred Circle and his company FDC Enterprises for winning a Virginia Governor’s Environmental Excellence Gold Medal. This project was years and years in the making with a back story of passion, tenacity, creativity, and dogged mission focus by many including Fred and Dr. Charlie Cushwa, FDC staff, the Piedmont […]

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SoilKeepers Participates in Cheseapeake Bay Foundation Bees, Trees, and Clean Water Gathering

SoilKeepers was honored to speak at CBF’s Bees, Trees, and Clean Water Forum held on Saturday at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. The group of roughly 60 property owners was a wonderful audience with a high degree of interest in healthy soil. Congratulations to CBF for organizing the meeting.    

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NatCap 1st Qtr. Directors Meeting Monday, March 27

NatCap Directors will convene for a 1st Qtr. Directors meeting on Monday, March 27. Agenda: 1. Review and Approve Minutes 2. 1st Qtr. Accomplishments and Current Financial Position 3. Review and approve 2017 Proposed Program Goals 4. Review and approve 2017 Proposed Budget 5. Review and approve SK and SS Business Plans and Review and […]

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List of Potential Nitrogen and Carbon Reductions for UVA Real Estate Foundation Lands

NatCap staff met yesterday with the University of Virginia Sustainability Committee Offset Task Force to discuss the report List of Potential Nitrogen and Carbon Reductions for UVA Real Estate Foundation Lands and associated project ranking datasheet. The scoping level analysis identified six nitrogen and carbon reduction projects/practices that show promise to provide substantial footprint reductions. […]

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Restoring Our Environmental Commons through Commercial Landscaping

NatCap Executive Director and SoilKeepers Manager Michael Collins spoke on Restoring Our Environmental Commons through Commercial Landscaping at the 23rd Ecological Landscape Alliance Conference last week. Thanks to John Bentley and Earth and Turf Products for sponsoring this session of the conference. SoilKeepers is a proud Member of the Alliance.  

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Rapidan Wildlife Habitat Cooperative and SoilKeepers Complete Preparation for Third Quail and Pollinator Meadow

Today site preparation for a third wildlife habitat meadow in the Rapidan River Valley region was completed. This work paves the way for spring native warm season grass – wildflowers at multiple sites in Central Virginia. Thanks to the landowners for working together on coordinated habitat establishment.

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StreamSweepers Adopt a Pile Gets Across the Finish Line in Fashion

Thanks to the generosity of Central Virginia riverside landowners and others, StreamSweepers was able to raise more than 10k in funds to remove trash objects too large to float out in boats (heating oil tank example shown below) from the banks of area rivers. We will be hiring local contractors to begin removal of these […]

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Betty Dixon Promoted to Director of Social Enterprise

Virginia Wood Energy Team Outreach Manager Betty Dixon has been promoted to a new position at the Center – Director of Social Enterprise. As the architect of this new program area, Betty will be focused on solving societal challenges by networking with governmental and human service agencies as well as individual advocates and private nonprofits […]

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NatCap Awarded Small Contract to Assist University of Virginia with Carbon and Nitrogen Footprint Reduction Goals

The purpose of the project List and Viability of Possible UVA N and C Offset Projects, is to create a list of possible nitrogen and carbon reduction projects and programs that might be implemented by UVA to include implementation on UVA Foundation Real Estate holdings and also to include consideration of others, such as those […]

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StreamSweepers Clean Robinson River, VA Dumpsite

Two years ago hundreds of tires were removed from this river in this same area. Sweepers came back here this week to do what they thought would be light maintenance and water quality assessment. Instead they found a room full of furniture dumped literally on the river bank and in the river mile below the […]

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Virginia Wood Energy Program, Virginia Department of Forestry, and Dave Cooper Photography Complete Animated Video on Community and Forest Health

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StreamSweepers Invite Rapidan and Robinson Rivers Landowners to Discuss Comprehensive Wetland Restoration in Floodplains

StreamSweepers has spent years conducting ecological assessments of nearly all of the Rapidan and Robinson River Valleys. Our work complements recent USGS studies showing the Rapidan and Robinson River Valleys as “Ground Zero” for sediment loading to the Ches. Bay from Virginia (as shown below). As ecological entrepreneurs, we see a problem as a business […]

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Community Wood Energy Program Continues Exploration of New Market Opportunities in Virginia

The Virginia Community Wood Energy Program has had a site visit with Halifax County Public Schools in Southside Virginia, and has begun pre-feasibility screening of their fuel oil heated buildings, including the 288,000 square foot Halifax County High, which is next up in their capital improvement plan for renovations.  

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Help StreamSweepers through Give Local Piedmont Day May 2

Mark your calendars and please share the good news! This coming Tuesday, May 3, is Give Local Piedmont — a day to support the local non-profit organizations that strengthen and enrich our communities. Give Local Piedmont  empowers every person to give back to their local community by supporting the organizations they care about with donations of $10 or more.  Last […]

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SoilKeepers Spring Projects restoring Water, Wildlife, and Property Values in Central Virginia

SoilKeepers Yard Restoration Projects for early spring are getting wrapped up – improving water quality in local streams, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay, providing new pollinator habitat, and most importantly increasing beauty and property value for our wonderful clients. Thanks to our client, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and the Rappahannock River Basin Commission […]

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SoilKeepers and Earth and Turf Bring the Science of Compost Topdressing to Central Virginia

SoilKeepers General Manger and Center for Natural Capital Executive Director Michael Collins and Earth and Turf CEO John Bentley are working together to bring the capabilities of the 100 SP self propelled compost topdresser to Central Virginia. The equipment will allow SoilKeepers to more precisely and cost effectively use compost to meet the fertilization needs […]

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Virginia Community Wood Energy Program Welcomes Betty Dixon and Ed Sontag

The Center for Natural Capital is pleased to announce the hiring of two consultants to assist with the energy program.  Betty Dixon is a social worker and entrepreneur with over 25 years’ experience providing community based services throughout Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic.  After a stint in both the public and private sector, Betty co-founded Virginia’s […]

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Center for Natural Capital + Partners Completes Local Wood Energy Market Analysis for Rappahannock, Culpeper, and Fauquier Counties, VA

Today the Center completed a groundbreaking market analysis of local wood energy for the Northern Piedmont of Virginia. The analysis. This preliminary market analysis had three objectives: 1) evaluate the feasibility of converting regional public buildings currently using fuel oil, propane or electricity for heating space and hot water over to using wood fuels, 2) […]

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BAMA Works Fund Awards StreamSweepers with 2016 Financial Support

The Center for Natural Capital (NatCap) Board of Directors thanks the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation Dave Mathews Band BAMA Works Fund for selecting StreamSweepers to receive financial assistance for 2016 Central Virginia river cleaning, assessment, and maintenance work. “Rivers are our life blood –thanks for supporting the continuous cleansing of them”, noted our Chairman Ed […]

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Adding Wellness to Diet-based Chesapeake Bay Best Management Practices – Using Biology to Build Self-replicating Bay Restoration

A presentation by Center for Natural Capital staff at the recent Rappahannock River Basin Commission Summit: Adding Wellness to Diet-based Chesapeake Bay Best Management Practices from Michael Collins  

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Rappahannock River Basin Commission and NatCap Presents Virginia Nutrient Trading Simulation 2 Act Play

Last week, at the Rappahannock River Basin Commission Summit, a Nutrient Trading Simulation was presented in the form of a 2 Act Play. The play was conceived and directed by the Center for Natural Capital (NatCap) with the entire Cast (below) pitching in on the script and playing their parts in costume in the best […]

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Center for Natural Capital Board Welcomes 3 New Directors

Yesterday, the Board of the Center voted unanimously to welcome Frank Balint, Rex  Edwards, and Tee Clarkson as new Directors from Central Virginia. Frank Balint is a Fairfax resident and a Robinson River property owner. Rex Edwards works in Culpeper with an interest in jobs in the great outdoors for young adults. Tee Clarkson is […]

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Welcome to 2015 StreamSweepers

We are fortunate to have hired another amazing group of employees for 2015. We welcome: Michael Klackle Ford Moriarity Whit Hathaway Harvard Smith Kira Lander Cole Reeves (2nd year) Jordan Lee (3rd hear) Griffin Rice (3rd year) Stephen Housel Austin Rath Emilie Schweikert They’ve had a great week of training with Center for Natural Capital […]

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Center for Natural Capital selected as Wood Innovation Grant Recipient in National Competitition

The Center for Natural Capital was recently selected by the United States Forest Service as a Wood Innovation Grants recipient. The Center’s Virginia Community Wood Energy Program was one of 17 successful applicants from a pool of 100 proposals across the nation. The Center’s proposal continues work begun in 2013 with the Virginia Department of […]

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Debbie Manzari Promoted to StreamSweepers Program Manager

Effective May 1, StreamSweepers Outreach Manager Debbie Manzari was promoted to StreamSweepers Program Manager. In this new position, Debbie will supervise all on-water activities, manage outreach to landowners and the general public, enroll corporate and citizen watershed supporters, and plan for partnership-based expansion of the service in the mid-atlantic region.

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StreamSweepers Receives Commendation from Virginia General Assembly

At the Orange County Chamber of Commerce 91st Annual Award Banquet, 30th District Delegate Ed Scott and 17th District Delegate Bryce Reeves presented Center for Natural Capital Board Member David Perdue with a Joint Resolution from the Virginia General Assembly Commending StreamSweepers.  

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John Conover from Charlottesville, Virginia Joins CNC Board of Directors

                          The Center’s Board of Directors welcomes John Conover as a new Member of the Board. As a former small business owner, elected official, and environmental activist, John brings a unique self described contrarian perspective, invaluable to the adventure of using commerce as […]

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SoilKeepers Completing Naturopathic Soil Assessments, Recommendations, and Implementating Restoration in Fredericksburg and Charlottesville, VA

The Center’s non-profit commercial river friendly landscape maintenance and restoration service, SoilKeepers is traveling in Central Virginia, from Fredericksburg to Charlottesville,  completing river friendly soil assessments, recommendations, and implementing organic amendments for our customers. SoilKeepers staff loves helping heal soil ecosystems that help our customers grow more healthy and beautiful plants and improve the Chesapeake […]

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Duke Merrick Band to Play at StreamSweepers 2015 Kickoff Party at Grelen in beautiful Somerset, VA

The Duke Merrick Band has agreed to join with the Center for Natural Capital, The Market at Grelen, and many other local businesses and organizations to create a fun and dance filled evening Fundraiser for StreamSweepers to complete the cleaning and assessment of the entire main stem of the Rapidan River Valley from Shenandoah National […]

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Center selects Dave Cooper Photo to create Virginia Wood Energy Video

The Center for Natural Capital is pleased to announce that Dave Cooper Photo has been selected to create a video explaining the benefits and misconceptions associated with wood energy for school, hospital, and public buildings. The work will be completed by early May of this year.

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Langseth Engineering and Recast Energy Selected to Provide Wood Energy Services

The Center for Natural Capital is pleased to announce that Langseth Engineering with Recast Energy has been selected to provide preliminary engineering services to the Center for the Virginia Community Wood Energy Program.

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CNC Hires StreamSweepers Outreach Managers Loretta Larned and Debbie Manzari

The Center for Natural Capital has hired Debbie Manzari and Loretta Larned for two new Outreach Manager positions specifically for the StreamSweepers River Maintenance and Restoration Job Corps program. Debbie and Loretta make a great team working together to enroll Virginia landowners in this award winning service providing paid training and employment to the young […]

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Center Presentations at Upcoming Spring 2015 Conferences

Sustainable Water Management Conference Center Staff will participate on the Panel  Can you Afford NOT to Protect your Watershed? The Economic Advantages of Watershed Protection and How to Get Started (Monday, March 16) and present The Optimum Infrastructure Expenditure Model (see entire Panel below). Moderator: Peter Stangel, U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Inc. The […]

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Center receives major financial support for StreamSweepers Job Corps Program

The Center’s StreamSweepers Job Corps received generous financial support from an anonymous donor on January 1. On just the first day of 2015, this support brings this program 10% of the way to its goal of $150,000 in landowner fees and watershed philanthropy to Sweep 80 miles of Virginia rivers this year. More information is […]

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Center, Rappahannock River Basin Commission, and Partners Publish River Friendly Capital Improvements Phase I Report

The Center for Natural Capital, Rappahannock River Basin Commission, and Partners today released the report Virginia River Friendly Capital Improvements. The report contains findings from two simulation type Forums held in Culpeper and Fredericksburg this year. The report link is below along with the introductory video “Buck$ for the Bay”. River Friendly Capital Improvements Report […]

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Center launches new StreamSweepers.org website

With many Partners, the Center last week launched a standalone website for it’s award winning StreamSweepers Job Corps program. The new address, www.streamsweepers.org, contains all the reports and documentaries for 2013 and 2014 work. In the weeks ahead, content on the site will continue to be added, along with other information including plans for voluntary, […]

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Rappahannock River Basin Commission and CNC Launch River Friendly Capital Improvements

River Friendly Capital Improvements, a new website focused on synergies between Virginia local governments and public/private utilities launches Friday, August 15.

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