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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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Rappahannock River Basin Commission, Virginia Department of Forestry, National Wildlife Federation, and City of Fredericksburg Release River Friendly Yard Program Brochure

In service to our clients – the Rappahannock River Basin Commission, the Virginia Department of Forestry,  the National Wildlife Federation, and the City of Fredericksburg, Conserv + Partners recently completed the Phase I Rappahannock River Friendly Yard Program Brochure. http://www.conservationrealestate.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/rfy-phase-i-final-program-brochure-iv-7-26-12-compressed5.pdf The project could not have been completed without hundreds of hours of pro-bono time offered […]

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Conserv Adds Additional Board Members to Assist with Suburban Pollution Reduction and Bioenergy Programs

Colonel Bradley R. Pickens, Director, A8, Strategic Requirements and Programming, Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern), Davis-Monthan AFB, and Brad Huff, Principals with Biogreen U.S.A. Inc. have agreed to help guide Conserv with their suburban pollution reduction programming and particularly the River Friendly Yard initiative. These new members of Conserv’s Board of Directors bring real […]

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Conserv and Virginia Department of Forestry Presents OIE to Rivanna River Basin Commission Technical Committee

The OIE decision support system was presented to the Committee for their review. Several in the group felt that the real power of the tool is a context to facilitate discussions between utility/public works staff and conservationists. The staff of the Commission is interested in convening a meeting to invite policy makers to optimize South […]

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Wetlands Watch releases conservation landscaping study

http://wetlandswatch.org/NewsPublications/DirectorsBlog/tabid/110/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/87/Wetlands-Watch-Study-on-Conservation-Landscaping-to-Save-the-Bay.aspx    

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Conserv Expands Board of Directors

To keep pace with opportunities in the world of ecosystem restoration, the Board in 2012 initiated a process to expand its members. Candidates were identified with an interest in the following program areas:  Ahyayha-Conserv micro-funding of ecosystem restoration projects Rappahannock river basin market-based conservation to meet the TMDL StreamSweepers job corps and landowner services Perennial […]

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Rappahannock River Friendly Yard Phase I Program Brochure

Conserv + Partners is proud to release the Rappahannock River Friendly Yard Phase I Final Report in the form of a “program brochure” designed for homeowners and landscape vendors. The Rappahannock River Friendly Yard is a project of the Rappahannock River Basin Commission, Virginia Department of Forestry, the National Wildlife Federation, and the City of Fredericksburg, […]

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OIE Beta Testing Moves to Local Government Evaluation

Next week, local government staff in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia will begin evaluation of the Optimum Infrastructure Expenditure (OIE) Capital Planning Tool. Two versions of the tool will be evaluated; case studies of the South Fork Rivanna River Reservoir Watershed, and a hypothetical watershed with low legacy sediment.  Results of the […]

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Rappahannock River Friendly Yard Incentives and Economic Impact DRAFT Reports Complete

Two critical elements of the Phase I Rappahannock River Friendly Demonstration Program have been completed in draft form – River Friendly Yard Incentives and River Friendly Yard Economic Development for the Fredericksburg, Virginia area. A few of the highlights of these reports include: A proposed cost offsets and rebate program could achieve a 24% savings […]

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Conserv Welcomes David Hay, Steve Keach, Barry Long, and Tatyanna Patten

Conserv welcomes several new members of the collaborative – David Hay – is working on the economic development portion of the River Friendly program. Steve Keach and Barry Long – will both be working on Phase II of the River Friendly program. Tatyanna Patten – will be working to further develop the Rappahannock Bioenergy program.  

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River Friendly Charette #2 Set for Friday, March 9 in Fredericksburg

The landscape designers and engineers and marketing folks have completed a first draft of their work. Designs will be reviewed – environmental lift will be debated – and ways to incentivize conversions will be discussed. A pre-charette team meeting will be held in Charlottesville on Monday – following that meeting, an agenda for the day […]

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Association of Conservation Real Estate/Conserv Separates Business Units

The Association of Conservation Real Estate/Conserv Board of Directors has authorized the separation of The Association of Conservation Real Estate from Conserv. This change reflects the organization’s evolution from a conservation real estate trade organization to an environmental/economic development research and development company. The trade organization will be updated and rebranded in 2012/2013, to include new trends in conservation and environmental restoration, while […]

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Conserv begins testing Green/Grey Infrastructure Expenditure Optimization Tool for F2F Initiative

Conserv, in association with The Center for Sustainable Groundwater, has completed a beta-version of a capital expenditure planning tool for water supply utilities and local governments. The tool, called the Optimal Infrastructure Expenditure (OIE) Capital Planner,allows the user to optimize expenditures for green infrastructure (afforestation and forest conservation easements) and for grey infrastructure (dredging). The OIE Project […]

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Rappahannock River Friendly Yard Moves Forward

The Rappahannock River Friendly Yard Initiative is moving forward. What makes this project unique is the attempt to incentivize river friendly suburban river friendly retrofits through a suite of property owner rewards, rather than through direct government/grant payments and/or through exclusive public education. It is hoped that recognition of the economic impediments to river friendly […]

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Testing of Optimum Environmental Expenditure Model (OEE) and Watershed-Reservoir Wellness Index (WRWI) to begin at Fall F2F Advisory Council Meeting

After nearly a year and a half in development, Version I of Conserv’s Optimum Environmental Expenditure (OEE) tool and related Watershed-Reservoir Wellness Index (WRWI) will be reviewed for the first time by the F2F Advisory Council at an upcoming Fall, 2011 meeting. The OEE/WRWI is an optimum green/gray infrastructure expenditure sensitivity tool developed for local […]

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Conservation Meadow Services Transitions to For-Profit Platform

After months of development, Conserv will spin off the demonstration project Conservation Meadow Services (CMS) as a new for-profit corporation. The transition from demonstration project to an independent business entity will begin immeditately. This business development process is a key objective of Conserv’s R&D focus. This birthing process is not an end, rather a new beginning – and we will […]

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Conserv Welcomes Dan Spethmann

Conserv is proud to welcome Dan Spethmann, Ph.D. as Consulting Ecological Economist. Dan will be assisting with financial and economic issues for the Forests to Faucets (F2F), Nutrient Neutral Highway, and Trust for Clean Water Economy projects.  In addition to his degree in Forest Economics, Dan is also working on completion of Doctoral research on the ethical […]

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2011 F2F Advisory Council Meeting Date Set for Fall

The Rivanna River Forests to Faucets (F2F) Initiative Advisory Council will meet Tuesday, October 18th at 10 a.m. at the Virginia Department of Forestry Headquarters in Charlottesville, Virginia. The F2F program includes development of a financial process to link urban water consumers and rural landowners that provide water-supply related ecosystem services. To accomplish this, two […]

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River Friendly Yard Program Receives Phase I Funding

Last week, the Virginia Urban and Community Forestry Partnership (VDOF) and the Tri-County/City Soil and Water Conservation District generously awarded funds for Phase I of the River Friendly Yard program. The program is a growing grassroots multi-year partnership between the City of Fredericksburg, the National Wildlife Federation, the Tri-County Soil and Water Conservation District, the […]

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Conserv Welcomes John Hermsmeier

Conserv welcomes John Hermsmeier as Manager of Conservation Meadow Services.  John attended the University of Virginia and after graduating with a degree in Environmental Science – began a long teaching career with private and public schools in the Charlottesville area, and for many years was Executive Director of the Environmental Education Center. During years teaching at Renaissance […]

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Conserv Welcomes Chris Sonne

Conserv welcomes Chris Sonne, P.E. as Ecological Engineer to assist with our projects. Chris is the current Board Chairman of the James River Green Building Council and specializes in low-impact site design. Better yet, Chris is also a blacksmith and snowboarder. He lives in beautiful Nelson County, Virginia.

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The Water Supply Watershed Environmental Services Game Version 1 Tested at Lands for Tomorrow Conference

Earlier today, Conserv tested a beta version of The Water Supply Watershed Environmental Services Game at the Lands for Tomorrow conference at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. The intent of the game, actually, a simulation, is to demonstrate the costs and benefits of an environmental services-based approach to watershed management in a water-supply reservoir watershed. The simulation featured the […]

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Conservation Meadow Services to be Launched in July

On July 1st, Conserv will launch Conservation Meadow Services (CMS), a new conservation service for suburban landowners that provides design, installation, and maintenance of native plant meadows. The meadows add color and texture to a yard, in addition to reducing erosion and increasing local plant and wildlife biodiversity. The meadows require little or no water after the first season, […]

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Trust for Clean Water Economy Presented at Virginia Regional Environmental Management Systems

Al Weed, with Public Policy of Virginia, Michael Collins, and Rebekah Remick, DEQ Air Division Staff, presented Small Scale Biopowered Technologies at May 12 webinar.  

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River Friendly Yard-Rappahannock Meeting #2 Today

Meeting Announcement and Agenda River Friendly Yard – Rappahannock Tuesday, April 26 10 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Fredericksburg City Hall 715 Princess Anne Street 1. Review Pre-Scope of Work 2. Revise Scope of Work 3. Discuss Completion of Budget Dial-in Number: 1-218-936-4700 Participant Access Code: 567004

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Conserv completes Natural Capital Assessment Prototype Report

Conserv, in collaboration with consultant Pamela Sunderland, recently completed a prototype environmental assets report for a 300 acre farm in the piedmont of Virginia (Jordan River Farm Phase I Executive Summary). Protocols developed in the project are now being used for implementation of a new demonstration project for 2011 called Natural Asset Management Services (NAM). NAM […]

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Conserv Board Authorizes Launch of New Initiatives and Services for 2011

Yesterday, the Conserv Board of Directors officially authorized the launch of three new R&D Initiatives for 2011 and two new fee-based services. The three Initiatives are: The River Friendly Yard Rappahannock Optimum Energy and Environmental Efficiency The Nutrient Neutral Highway The two fee-based services to be launched in the weeks ahead are: Conservation Meadow Services […]

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Conserv 1st Quarter 2011 Board of Directors Meeting

MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT The spring Board of Directors meeting will be held Thursday, April 7 at 10 a.m. at the ReMax office on Hydraulic Road. A staff meeting will be held at 9 before the Board meeting. AGENDA 1. Review January-March, 2011 Activities 2. Review Budget 3. Review April-June Plans 4. Board Request for Authorization of […]

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Rappahannock River Friendly Yard Demonstration Project Moves Forward

Yesterday, an exploratory committee composed of for-profit businesses, non-profit organizations, and local governments enthusiastically agreed to move forward with a 24 month project to explore the efficiency of “river friendly” yards to help reduce pollution to the Chesapeake Bay. In the coming weeks, a Steering Committee composed of Gentle Gardener Green Design, The National Wildlife […]

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Fredericksburg – Caroline County – Ft. A.P. Hill OEEE Project to Move Ahead

Update: The participants in the Optimum Environmental/Energy Expenditure meeting recently held in Fredericksburg decided to move forward with a project. The goal of the project is to develop financial mechanisms that lead to more efficient environmental expenditures to reduce pollution to the River and Bay and energy expenditures that have the triple benefit of reduced […]

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Rappahannock River Basin Commission Non-point Source Work Group to Become Technical Committee with focus on Trust for Clean Water Economy

On Wednesday, March 30, at 10 a.m., at the George Washington Regional Commission Conference Room, the former Rappahannock River Basin Nonpoint Source Work Group (RRBC NPSWG) will meet for the first time in 2011 as a new Technical Committee. The Committee’s goals are:  to facilitate discussions across sectors (wastewater, stormwater, on-site, agriculture and forestry) to […]

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Bay Friendly Yard Meeting Set for Tuesday, March 29 at National Wildlife Federation in Reston, Virginia

Bay Friendly Yard Exploratory Meeting Tuesday, March 29 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. National Wildlife Federation Reston, Virginia After months of preparation, Conserv, in partnership with the Rappahnanock River Basin Commission, the National Wildlife Federation, Gentle Gardener Green Design, + Partners will convene to explore the financial and conservation benefits of a Bay Friendly Yard. […]

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Forests to Faucets (F2F) to be Presented at Virginia Section AWWA Meeting

Staff from Conserv, the Virginia Department of Forestry, and the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority, will discuss progress on the South Fork Rivanna Forests to Faucets (F2F) Initiative at the upcoming VA Section AWWA Water Resources & Environment Spring Seminar. Water Resources Spring Seminar April 12, 2011 9:00 AM -3:00 PM Glen Allen Cultural Arts […]

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Fredericksburg-Caroline County-Ft. A.P. Hill Optimum Environmental and Energy Efficiency (OEEE) Project Exploratory Meeting Date Set

Fredericksburg – Caroline County – Fort A.P. Hill Optimum Environmental and Energy Efficiency Project (OEEE) THE USE OF ENERGY CROPS AND AFFORESTATION TO ENHANCE MILITARY INSTALLATION OPERATIONAL CAPABILITY, PROTECT RURAL LANDS, AND REDUCE NON-POINT SOURCE POLLUTION TO MEET THE CHESAPEAKE BAY TMDL Monday, March 14 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Fredericksburg City Hall 715 Princess […]

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2011 Opens with a Bang – New American Conservation Brokers in Georgia and Tennessee

The Association of Conservation Real Estate offers the leading real estate sales agent and broker conservation certification program in the U.S. and welcomes two new members to our family in 2011. Read more about them and why they have pursued our Aldo Leopold oriented certification method here in the weeks ahead….

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Conserv to Present Trust for Clean Water Economy to Virginia Water Commission

Conserv staff along with staff from the Rappahannock River Basin Commission, will present 2011 plans to test alternative architectural platforms for the Trust for a Clean Water Economy to the Virginia Water Commission January 10 in Richmond. An overview of the proposed Trust was presented to the Rappahannock River Basin Commission in December. At that […]

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Conserv Board Resolves to Explore Linkages between Forests and Oceans in 2011

At the Conserv Board of Directors Annual Meeting today, a resolution was approved to explore the relationships between eastern forests and ocean acidification. Rather than a new interest area, this is an expansion in scale of the Forests to Faucets (F2F) program. Resolution By Association of Conservation Real Estate dba Conserv Board of Directors December […]

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Conserv begins work to develop Optimum Environmental Expenditure (OEE) Model for South Fork Rivanna River Reservoir

Early work has now begun on the South Fork Rivanna Optimum Environmental Expenditure (OEE) Model. The Model will provide a quantitative process to compare the cost of pollution reduction gained through natural infrastructure (conservation practices) vs. the cost of pollution reduction gained through built infrastructure (dredging, etc.). This project will help provide one of the […]

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Conserv Board of Directors Meeting December 10

Conserv’s 4th quarter Board meeting will take place Friday, December 1, from 10-12 in Charlottesville, at the ReMAX office on Hydraulic Road.

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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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Pastoral Farm Subdivision Lots in the Virginia Foothills near Charlottesville and Shenandoah National Park

American Conservation Broker Roger Voisinet has three lots now on the market at one of the nation’s oldest conservation subdivisions in Greene County, Virginia. Called Farmcolony, it is a several hundred acre piedmont foothills farm that was preserved via this conservation development in the 1970s. Three upland lots (36, 37, and 38) with the best […]

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Conserv Tests Efficacy of Market-based Pollution Reduction Practices

This fall, working with a host of for profit, non-profit, and government partners, Conserv plans on testing the efficacy of market-based pollution management practices to meet EPA’s Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment. The test will primarily be comprised of a simulation, similar to the Buy, Sell, Trade Game developed by […]

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Conserv Creates Georgia Chapter of the Association of Conservation Real Estate

The State of Georgia has approved the formation of the Georgia Chapter of the Association of Conservation Real Estate. Pam Sunderland, Director of the State Chapter as well as the new National Association of Conservation Real Estate, will immediately begin to recruit a state Board of Directors, develop a web site, and create an American […]

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Conserv Explores Creation of WatershedXH2O

As a result of Conserv’s collaboration with the Rappahannock River Basin Commission in 2010, the convening of the Rappahannock Exchange Business Advisory Council, and subsequent meetings and discussions, Conserv’s Board of Directors and Staff is considering the launch of a new business unit of the organization, called The Watershed Exchange for Clean Water (WatershedXH2O). The […]

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Pam Sunderland Appointed Director of Real Estate

Georgia resident and former Maryland farm girl Pamela Sunderland has agreed to become Conserv’s first Director of Real Estate. Pam has a strong business background – as a retail owner and environmental consultant, and will be using her talents to move the following Initiatives forward: A repackaging and refinement of the program to create a […]

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Rappahannock Marketplace Working Group to be Convened Early August

The first of three Rappahannock Initiative Working Groups will be convened in early August. The Marketplace Working Group is composed primarily of retailers and business persons from the basin. The purpose of the pilot Marketplace is to reduce the amount of Nitrogen and Phosphorus entering the Bay through increases in the sale of “Bay-friendly” products […]

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F2F Forest Establishment Bidding Begins July 15

“Bids” for South Fork Rivanna Reservoir Watershed Forest Establishment projects opened July 15 and will run through July 39. See the F2F site for more details.

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F2F Landowner Workshops Held in Charlottesville

On June and July 8, two “Landowner Workshops” were held at the Virginia Department of Forestry in Charlottesville. The purpose of the Workshops were primarily to provide information about the Forest Establishment Bidding Process. Information from the following presentations was discussed: Buck Kline Presentation Michael Collins Presentation Forest Easement Presentation Dave Powell Presentation on Forest […]

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Rappahannock Watershed Business Council Moves Forward

Last week, another step toward creation of a bioregional economy based on Rappahannock River restoration, moved forward. As proposed by staff with Conserv (Rappahannock Business Council Kickoff Presentation), working with the Rappahannock River Basin Commission, the proposed Economic Development Initiative would contain two programs; a Marketplace or Exchange 2.0, facilitating and tracking the sale of […]

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Virginia Ecosystem Services Initiative Prepares for Summer Bidding Program

Last week, the Virginia Department of Forestry, working with Conserv, hosted the first F2F Landowner Workshop. The purpose of the workshop was to provide information necessary for landowners in the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir Watershed to submit forest establishment project “bids”.  Bidding opens July 12 and closes July 30. Bids will be accepted through the F2F […]

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