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StreamSweepers Hires Jeanine Meerscheidt as Rappahannock River On Water Manager

StreamSweepers has hired Jeanine Meerscheidt as Rappahannock River On Water Manager for the Summer of 2017. Jeanine was a Civil Affairs Medical Operations Sergeant, U.S. Army Reserves, 2007-2012. She is Phi Betta Kappa with a B.S. in Biology from University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Master of Science in Special Education, focused on learning […]

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StreamSweepers Adopt a Pile 80% of Way to $10k Goal – Appeal Closes 5 p.m. Today, Friday, October 14

This summer StreamSweepers (Central Virginia, USA) have uncovered over 25 sites with trash too large to be floated out on our canoes in the three rivers we cleaned (Hughes, Rapidan and Robinson Rivers). We are going to need to hire contractors with heavy equipment to remove these items. This additional expense was not included in […]

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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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StreamSweepers, SoilKeepers, and the Rapidan Wildlife Habitat Cooperative Now Reaching out to Residents of Central Virginia

The Center provides water, landscape, and wildlife services to residents of Central Virginia through StreamSweepers, SoilKeepers, and the Rapidan Wildlife Habitat Cooperative respectively. During Winter and Spring this year, we will be reaching out to Central Virginia residents – from farmers in the Rapidan Valley to suburban homeowners in Fredericksburg and Charlottesville, to join their […]

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Virginia Community Wood Energy Program Featured on WVTF Public Radio

The Virginia Community Wood Energy Program, a Partnership between the Virginia Department of Forestry, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Center for Natural Capital, was featured on WVTF Radio last week.

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SoilKeepers Complete Turf Naturalization Projects

The Center’s River Friendly Landscape Maintenance and Restoration Service, SoilKeepers, has completed fall river friendly yard restoration projects in Fredericksburg and Charlottesville. Principal elements of a river friendly yard include natural (organic) methods to obtain healthy soil biology and healthy and beautiful native wildflowers, grasses, and trees. Images from two projects are shown below. These […]

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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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Virginia Community Wood Energy Program Holds Tour of Wood-Fueled Institutions

The Virginia Community Wood Energy Program is celebrating National Bioenergy Day 2015, October 21st, by organizing a study tour of three Virginia wood-fueled institutions: the Blackstone Conference and Retreat Center, Piedmont Geriatric Hospital and Longwood University. The tour is scheduled to begin mid-morning in Blackstone with a brief introduction to heating with wood fuels and […]

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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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SoilKeepers Exhibitor at Piedmont Landscape Association Seminar

On Wednesday, February 18, the Center’s SoilKeepers program will participate in the Piedmont Landscape Association Seminar at Paramount Theatre. SoilKeepers is a non-profit service that provides river friendly landscape services, focused on the exclusive use of organic (carbon) amendments to maintain and restore the health of biological organisms in soils. The global need for services […]

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CNC to premiere documentary on money and the Chesapeake Bay

The Center and the Rappahannock River Basin Commission, with funding from Eldon James Associates, and in cooperation with Conservation Concepts LLC, George Washington Regional Commission, and others, will premiere a new short documentary, Buck$ for the Bay – Nutrient Trading – New Ways to Make Money through Restoration , on December 2 at the Virginia […]

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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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SoilKeepers Landscape Services Launches 2014 Season in Fredericksburg, Virginia

The Center’s landscape maintenance and improvement program, SoilKeepers, seeks clients for the 2014 landscaping season in the vicinity of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Contact Mike at 540-661-7379 to schedule a free consultation.

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CNC Receives Contract to Optimize Chesapeake Bay Restoration in the Rappahannock Watershed

Today the Center received notification of contract approval to work with interested local governments and public utility corporations on least cost optimization projects benefiting the missions of multiple entities.  This is work is funded by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. Work begins immediately and will wrap up by the end of the year.

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Local Bioenergy Opportunities Phase I Project Completed

The Center for Natural Capital is proud to release the results of the Local Bioenergy Opportunities Phase I Project. Virginians, like everyone else, are forced to make difficult decision when the mercury drops.  Faced with rising energy prices, fuel oil and propane dependent communities continue to watch their energy dollars leave town.  However, some communities […]

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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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StreamSweeper 2013 Landowner and Friends of Rapidan StreamSweepers Report Now Available

The 2013 StreamSweeper report for Madison and Orange County landowners along the Rapidan River, from the Greene County line to Rt. 15, is now available. The report contains the following information: Background & Acknowledgements StreamSweeper Business Model Project Deliverables 2013 Landowner Identification and River Segment Selection 2013 Plan and Budget Preparation Financial and Administrative Resource […]

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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 Receives High Marks for 2013 Virginia Biomass Conference

2013 Virginia Biomass conference participants filled the Virginia Room at Longwood University. Participants’ comments included the following: “Hey there! Just wanted to drop you a quick note to tell you that the meeting was really, really great! Awesome job pulling together such a diverse and knowledgeable group. I enjoyed the diverse perspectives. Looking forward to the next […]

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All Systems Go for Tuesday’s Local Energy Conference at Longwood

A grassroots collection of private and public parties involved and interested in local wood and grass energy will gather beginning this evening in Farmville, VA. 130910_VBN_AM_PROGRAM_remix The point of the conference is to explore the local energy for combined heat and power system – from feedstock to end user  - and ask if there is […]

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Center provides Green-Grey Infrastructure Briefing to Albemarle County Board of Supervisors

Yesterday, the Center, in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Forestry and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Inc. briefed the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors on a request for the County to undertake an implementation study to incorporate Green Infrastructure as a capital expenditure element in the environmental management program for reservoir sediment […]

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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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Updated Agenda for Wood and Grass Energy Conference at Longwood! Register Now for September 10,11 Event

Virginia Bioenergy Network Fall Conference Agenda Updated 8/21/2013 Biomass for Energy, Economy, and Nature Tuesday, September 10 and Wednesday, September 11, 2013 Longwood University, Farmville, Va Target Audience: Biomass end users (facility managers, school superintendents, economic development officers and local elected officials) and biomass and bioenergy feedstock, technology and service providers Monday, September 9 5:00 […]

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Rapidan River StreamSweeper Service provides Jobs to Young Adults and Sales to Local Businesses

The 2013 Inaugural Team of Rapidan StreamSweepers has successfully completed 17 miles of river diagnostic and cleaning of river bed and banks. Information generated is entire private and will be provided to riverside landowner customers and Friends of Rapidan StreamSweepers. Dozens of truck, tractor, and automobile tires, countless bottles and cans, a urinal, plastic in […]

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Rapidan StreamSweepers 2013 Team Complete

Last week, the four members of the inaugural StreamSweepers 2013 Team was finalized: Griffin Rice – Madison, Virginia Spencer Jarrell – Orange, Virginia Franklin Marrs – Rapidan, Virginia Jordan Lee – Orange, Virginia Congratulations to these four outstanding young men. River Diagnostic and Sweeper training begins July 22.

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Oyster Cages Funded through New Ahyayha Project – Nearly 20% of Goal Already Met

In just a few days, funds for more than a dozen cages (19% of the $7950 goal) have been raised though the Ahyayha Project for One Oyster At A Time. Roughly 80 days remain in the funding period for additional project Backers to pledge support for oyster farmers Anthony and Elyse Bavuso. Project rewards include […]

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Center Board Member Chandler Van Voorhis to Speak at Cville TEDx

Center for Natural Capital Board Member Chandler Van Voorhis will speak at the November TEDx in Charlottesville. Chandler is a Principal with GreenTrees and an expert on market-based conservation. Board Member Roger Voisinet is serving on the Steering Committee for this event.

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Central Virginia Landowners Step Forward for StreamSweepers

As Ecology II students at Orange County High School, VA learn about the science side of stream cleaning, local landowners such as David Perdue & Family, Somerset Plantation, and others are stepping forward to enroll the streamside portion of their properties in this local youth eco-job training and entrepreneurship program. Property owners in the Liberty Mills, Spicer’s Mills, […]

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CNC Moderates Virginia Energy and Sustainability Conference 2013 Sustainable Biomass Plenary Session

Yesterday, Center Board Members Fred Circle (FDC Enterprises) and John English (English Boiler and Tube) along with staff Michael Collins, VBS Program Manager Brian Becker and affiliate David Richert, participated in the session The State of Virginia’s Sustainable Biomass Energy System 2013. The session offered the state of the major elements of the sustainable biomass […]

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Ahyayha Project Delivers Water Testing Funds to Broadway High School, Va. U.S.A.

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Center Receives Generous Financial Support from The Energy Foundation

Today the Center for Natural Capital received support from the Energy Foundation. This will be used for Sustainable Bioenergy coalition building in the Mid-Atlantic region, U.S.

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Center for Natural Capital Welcomes Certified Forester David Richert

Today, Forester David Richert has joined the Center for Natural Capital’s Consulting Collaborative with an immediate focus on sustainable community forest management and ecosystem services-friendly woody biomass energy for renewable heat and power. David is a certified forester and certified arborist with 12 years of experience managing public and private forests.  David has developed and […]

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Ahyayha.com Project Goes Over 5k and 50% Mark

Today, the Smith Creek Trout Restoration Project is the first on the Ahyayha Funding Platform to go over 5k in contributions and get over 50% toward the goal. The project has 37 days left to successfully reach its goal. Ahyayha.com was launched in September and already has raised thousands of dollars for small conservation projects […]

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VCU Energy and Sustainability Conference Bioenergy Plenary Agenda Set

VCU Energy & Sustainability Conference 1/31 Plenary Session Biomass for Heat and Power: A Sustainable Energy Solution for the Commonwealth’s Institutions Target Audience:  Facility managers considering converting their facility to a sustainable biomass feedstock fuel source.  Given that they currently are probably only dealing with a single contractor for delivery of their fuel, they are […]

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Center for Natural Capital to Convene Plenary Session on Virginia Biomass Infrastructure at VCU Energy Conference

At the upcoming VCU Energy and Sustainability Conference, Center Staff and Board members, and others, will provide an interactive discussion with a large roundtable composed of parties directly involved in or concerned about bioenergy. Short briefings designed to tell a portion of the “bioenergy story” as it presently exists in Virginia will be provided by each […]

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Ahyayha.com Conservation Microfunder Passes Another Milestone

Today, contributions for the Broadway High School (Shenandoah Valley, Va.) Water Quality Testing Fund, essential to provide transportation and other funds needed to support Science Department Field Investigations, surpassed the $2000 mark. With 1/3 of the funding timeframe left to go, this project is 1/3 of the way there. ~ $6000 is needed to create […]

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Virginia Biomass – Block by Block, Volunteers Are Pitching In To Lay the Foundation

Contributions from a diverse group of supporters – businesses, landowners, entrepreneurs, universities, and other non-profits – are rolling in to support the concept of community-based bioenergy, fueled with conservation-friendly woody biomass and native warm season grasses – to provide heat and power. Virginia Biomass Solutions and the Virginia Bioenergy Network is moving forward through a […]

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Conserv Board Votes to become The Center for Natural Capital

Yesterday, the Conserv Board of Directors voted to rename the organization The Center for Natural Capital, Economic Development through Healthy Ecosystems. This action reflects the acquisition of Public Policy of Virginia earlier this year and the Board’s increasing interest in bottom-up, market-based solutions designed to increase the health of ecosystem services. The Board also adopted […]

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First Ahyayha Environmental Restoration Project Goes over $1000 Mark

For the U.S. environmental restoration microfunding startup Ahyayha.com, today, Hawlloween 2012, marks a milestone. For the first time since the company’s launch October 18, a project has gone beyond the $1000 dollar threshold. With 41 days left, the Broadway High School, Virginia water quality testing project only needs 5k to reach its goal. Learn more […]

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Ahyayha.com + Partners Prepare to Launch Shenandoah Valley Trout Restoration Project

Ahyayha.com in cooperation with local conservation organizations and governmental entities is preparing to launch a streambank restoration project south of New Market, Virginia. The project, planned for Smith Creek, a tributary of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River, has a long-term goal to restore native Brook Trout. Ahyayha’s role will be to help provide matching […]

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Conserv Fall 2012 Board of Directors Meeting Friday, November 2

The Conserv Board of Directors will meet this coming Friday, November 2 from 2-4 p.m. Agenda items will include possible organization name change, 2013 projects, development, and 2012 Fund Drive.

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Conserv Successfully Completes Forests to Faucets Contract with Virginia Department of Forestry

Last month, Conserv, in partnership with CSG Geotech, Inc. and Civil and Environmental Services, LLC, successfully completed deliverables for a 3-year contract with the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) Forests to Faucets (F2F) Program on time and on budget. The F2F program is funded by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Inc. Buck Kline, […]

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Conserv in Partnership with Ahyayha, Inc. Launches Conservation Microfunding Platform

In response to needs identified through 2009-2010 projects, the Conserv Board of Directors facilitated the formation of a new venture in 2011 to stimulate voluntary demand for non-market and emerging market ecosystem services. The venture, called Ahyayha (Cherokee meaning “to hold in hand”) was chartered as one of Virginia’s first Benefit Corporations. The beta platform was launched Friday, October 12. Under the […]

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Conserv Launches Virginia Biomass Solutions

After months of preparations, Conserv has launched Virginia Biomass Solutions (VBS).  VBS fosters the economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable production and utilization of biomass in Virginia for food, fiber, energy, and environmental services. VBS is the next generation of biomass and bioenergy  programming originally developed by Public Policy of Virginia (PPV) over the last decade. […]

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Conserv Board of Directors Assumes Control of Public Policy of Virginia

On Tuesday, September 18, the Board of Directors of the Association of Conservation Real Estate dba Conserv assumed control of the organization Public Policy of Virginia (PPV). This friendly transition was accomplished with the assistance of PPV staff and PPV Board of Directors. The entire PPV Board, with the exception of Al Weed, has been […]

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Final F2F Advisory Council Meeting – September 26 – Set for Fun!

The Final F2F Advisory Council Meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 26 at the George Dean Board Room on the second floor of the Virginia Department of Forestry in Charlottesville, Virginia. The agenda will be focused on a review of the watershed payments portion of the project and then the meeting […]

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Forests to Faucets on WINA Radio in Charlottesville

An explanation of funds available as “payments for watershed services” in the Rivanna River Basin watershed… http://www.wina.com/play_window.php?audioType=Episode&audioId=5941576

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Fredericksburg Free Lance Star Publishes Story on River Friendly Yard

http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2012/082012/08182012/719483

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