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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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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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StreamSweepers Celebrates Completion of Rapidan River at The Arts Center in Orange

An intimate evening gathering of Rapidan and Robinson Rivers, Virginia Landowners and Watershed Supporters celebrated the work of StreamSweepers. The Germanna Foundation received the annual best river booty award for all their help with cleanup – this year a lovely black bowling ball, courtesy of the river bank in the area of Raccoon Ford, signed […]

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StreamSweepers and Friends remove Massive 2100 lb. Tire from Virginia River

Last week, StreamSweepers with Watershed Supporter Dominion Foundation and with the help of the Orange Office Dominion Energy Staff, removed a 2100 lb. tire from the Raccoon Ford area of the Rapidan River. Sweepers worked a half day to extract it from the river but couldn’t finish the job without their Friends.       […]

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StreamSweepers Complete Historic First Cleaning of Major River Valley in Virginia

Today, the 2015 Rapidan StreamSweepers completed assessment and cleaning of the entire length of the Rapidan River – the first time an entire river valley has been comprehensively restored in Virginia. More information in the weeks ahead at the StreamSweepers website. Over $13,000 expended in job training and restoration payroll for 11 Central Virginia College […]

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Sweepers remove large rusting tank from Robinson River

The Robinson River crew identified several large tanks in the river during the 2014 season. After months of planning, Sweepers removed one of them a recent frigid morning just after the new year, leaving the river bank in much improved condition (see below for before and after images). Learn more about this clean up project […]

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SoilKeepers Successfully Completes Pilot Season of Mid-Atlantic Yard Restoration

CNC’s pilot suburban yard landscape maintenance and restoration program, SoilKeepers, has successfully completed it’s inaugural 2014 season. The image below shows a portion of one customer’s backyard. This portion of the yard had its original topsoil stripped by the developer. In addition, it was near a wooded area that receives partial sunlight. The acidic clay […]

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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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Tickets for StreamSweepers Celebration at Historic Rapidan Mill Now on Sale

  Hundreds of tires, thousands and thousands of lbs. of trash, 40 miles of river property frontage assessments, and now it’s time to thank our customers and watershed backers. We couldn’t have done this without you. This is for you – what we hope is a fitting thank you – on the river – Saturday […]

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Local Media features Robison River Cleanup in Story

NBC affliliate Dateline 29 News traveled to Madison, Virginia yesterday to spend time with the StreamSweepers as they continued their work to remove hundreds of tires and other trash from this beautiful stretch of river.  NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather

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Center receives National Award for Program

Last week, CNC received a notification that it’s river maintenance and restoration job corps program, StreamSweepers, has been selected as a 2014 National Award Recipient – Sanctioned Event of the Year from the American Canoe Association (ACA). Staff from the Center hope to travel to Grand Rapids, Michigan to accept on behalf of StreamSweepers Landowners […]

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SoilKeepers Completes Suburban Turf Restoration Pilot Projects

During May and June, the Center’s suburban yard maintenance and restoration pilot project, SoilKeepers, completed turf restoration projects in Fredericksburg. These market-based projects, paid for entirely by homeowners, increased infiltration and reduce soil and nutrient loss from new home lots. More information will be posted at the SoilKeepers website in the weeks ahead.

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Center for Natural Capital 2013 Year End Review

 Dear Friend of the Center: There’s a lot of talk today about the need for big projects for big change. At the Center, we’ve begun to think our best hope is the passionate heart of one youth at time. That’s why in 2013 we launched our youth Job Corps programming, piloting StreamSweepers in the headwaters […]

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Freshwater Mussel Survey Completed for Smith Creek Restoration Project

This week, a freshwater mussel field team completed an investigation of Smith Creek, a tributary of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River, VA, US A, in preparation for streambank restoration. A portion of the bank to be restored is shown below. The team cleared the way for the project to proceed and noted that […]

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Rapidan StreamSweepers Documentary to be Premiered October 16

On the evening of October 16 in Orange, VA, USA, Rapidan StreamSweeper 2013 steering committee members, staff, and consultants will share compelling stories and images, including Sweeper training, ecological assessments of the river, and of course the sweeping of trash and debris from a 17 mile stretch of river (Greene Co. line to Rt. 15), […]

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Center Staff Briefs Rappahannock River Basin Commission on Conservation Economic Development

Center staff members Buzz VanSantvoord and Michael Collins briefed the Rappahannock River Basin Commission last week on recent successes with Conservation Economic Development projects Forests to Faucets, Ahyayha, and Rapidan StreamSweepers. Comments about the briefing and discussion included the following: “Mike, Sorry I did not get to speak with you before you left, the meeting […]

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Ahyayha Supporters in Race to Fund 50% of Oyster Small Business Capital by Labor Day

The contributions began early this morning on the Ahyayha One Oyster At a Time Crowdfunding Project Page - funds will be used by oyster small business folks Anthony and Elyse Bavuso to build new cages needed to harvest more native Virginia oysters. With only 4 days left – there is a chance this project could get […]

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VDOF/Conserv F2F Project on WAMU Radio

Public radio story on Virginia Department of Forestry F2F tree planting project implementation moving forward… Congratulations to VDOF Forester David Powell, Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority Water Resources Manager Tamara Ambler, and farmer Richard Hudson on a great story! Also thanks to WAMU and NPR for providing awareness about this program.

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RRBC Approves Plan to Test Watershed-based Private Pollution Management Entity

The Capital Richmond, Virginia Wednesday, December 1 The Rappahannock River Basin Commission has taken another step forward in its multi-year program to implement market-based solutions to restore water quality in the Rappahannock River and Chesapeake Bay. At their quarterly meeting, in a unanimous vote (with one abstention), the Commission has decided to move forward with […]

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Mongo trout on the Jackson

A few weeks ago, we featured a Success Story about former State Senator Doug Barclay and his trout fishing business on his farm on the Salmon River near Port Ontario, N.Y. That story discussed how one family has forged into market-based conservation. Over this past weekend, my fishing buddy, Chris Mawdsley (owner of CrisCars in […]

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Rippin Run Farm

Rippin Run Video On March 23, Laurie Miller and Greg Grymes recorded a conservation easement on their 87-acre property, Rippin Run Farm. Rippin Run Farm is located in Greene County, Virginia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Found along the Old Fredericksburg Road (Rt. 609), it is a property within and around some […]

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Salmon and Private Property near Lake Ontario in New York

As I have mentioned before, I am a fan of the organization PERC. I just received their Spring, 2009 volume of PERCReports and within is a cool piece on salmon in upstate New York. The article, Former State Senator Sees River as Magnet, by David Figura, (originally printed in the Post-Standard on October 12, ’08) […]

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Permanently protected property containing portion of Amelia Springs Battlefield available for purchase

A 1613 acre historically-significant property is now for sale in Amelia County, Virginia, and can be viewed within the Conservation Property listings on this site. The property contains a portion of the Amelia Springs Battlefield and is protected by a conservation easement, held by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation. Contact Philip Vannoorbeeck, at 804-514-6901, for more […]

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Bob Jordan

Bob Jordan died early Monday morning, January 5. Bob was my last living brother-in-law. His photography work graces the homepage of this website. He was a loving father, uncle, grandfather, and husband to my sister-in-law Mary. Bob was an eagle scout. At his funeral yesterday, I realized that this training formed the structural foundation for […]

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New Conservation Brokers in Winchester, Virginia

Congratulations to Mike Cooper, Marj Praml, and William “Chip” Steinmetz on completion of their American Conservation Broker (ACB) certification last week! Mike Cooper is an agent with Jobin Realty in Winchester and is VA and West Virginia licensed. Mike seeks clients that are concerned about the area’s natural beauty. Marj is a REALTOR in Winchester […]

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Farmcolony-One of the First Conservation Subdivisions that Thrives Today

Nestled on the eastern slopes of the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Greene County, Virginia, Farmcolony is a farm-subdivision created in 1976. The subdivision contains 150 acres of working farm, 95 acres of homesites, and 40 acres of mountain open space.Farmcolony has been loved and nurtured by its residents throughout its history. It […]

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Bundoran Farm Part II-Interview with David Hamilton

Michael Collins’ July 23, 2008 Interview with Bundoran Farm Project Manager David Hamilton is provided in its entirety below.    1. David, first, what are the specifics on Bundoran? How many acres, lots, how much wooded/pasture, etc. First, it’s bigger than most people think.  Bundoran Farm comprises 2,300 acres, which for reference is about a third of the size […]

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Bundoran Farm-Part I

Bundoran Farm is 2300 acres of rolling piedmont farmland in the Hardware River watershed located just twenty minutes from Charlottesville and the University of Virginia and nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. In the first of a two-part story, we focus on the development itself–the design, the lots,the amenities, and legal structure. In the […]

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Upcoming Success Stories

In August, Conserv will feature a story on the one of the earliest modern conservation subdivisions in the U.S.-Farmcolony, in Greene County, Virginia. In September, we will interview a new real estate agent in Idaho working on his American Conservation Broker certification.

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Bundoran Farm Success Story Preview

The July Success Story will feature an interview with David Hamilton, Principal, Community Design and Operations, for Qroe Farm Preservation Development, as he discusses Bundoran Far, a 2300 acre community of approxiately 100 homes in Albemarle County, Virginia, that also conserves productive agricultural and forestry uses on the site.

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Riverbluff-A Conservation Community-Part 2

Click on the link below to see Part 2 video interview with Laura Winn Smith and Jim Duxsbury Riverbluff Part 2 The new neighborhood of RiverBluff overlooks the Rivanna River just upstream from the Woolen Mills within the city limits of Charlottesville. As a conservation community, the 22-home development respects and responds to its dramatic […]

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Riverbluff-A Conservation Community-Part 1

Click on the file below to view the Part 1 video with Laura Winn Smith. Riverbluff Part 1 Conserv has selected Riverbluff, in Charlottesville Virginia, as the June, 2008 Success Story. The developers of RiverBluff, PS2 Properties LLC, began with the goal to design a community that embraced environmental conservation and healthy living.  Being so […]

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Interview with Laura Winn Smith on Riverbluff Coming Soon!

Laura Winn Smith, American Conservation Broker (06), represents RiverBluff, a conservation development in Historic Woolen Mills in Charlottesville, Virginia. Riverbluff is a community of 22 homes designed by Frank Folsom Smith and Richard Price, with The Folsom Group, and features native plant landscaping, low impact development stormwater design, and green housing construction.

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Duplex owner uses Conserv sales method to sell property

Conservation occurs through prototype real estate transaction in Virginia: Conserv Executive Director Michael Collins placed his 2-story Charlottesville Duplex on the market in the late summer of 2006 as a Conservation Property.

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Suburban landowner fights for “Conservation Yard”

In the 1990s, John Hermsmeier build a home in the Mill Creek subdivision in Albemarle County, Virginia. He fought with his neighbors and the homeowners assn. for the right to create natural habitat. What happened when he sold his house and what is the status of the habitat now?

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