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Rapidan Wildlife Habitat Coop Tests Fall Meadow Establishment

In an effort to eliminate or reduce synthetic herbicide usage, Coop staff will test fall establishment on a small wildflower upland meadow. This project is one of three for a Member the other two consisting of restoration of a small forest glade featuring forb establishment and a wetland enhancement featuring installation of native perennials (areas […]

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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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Project to Estimate Impact of Fredericksburg Area Green Infrastructure on Local Jobs and Taxes Moves Forward

An exciting new project to identify Green Infrastructure for the localities of Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Caroline, and King George is now well underway. Center staff and consultants will develop a methodology to estimate the impact of preservation of ecological corridors on the economy of the area. The project is funded by the National Fish and […]

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StreamSweepers 2016 Complete Assessment, Cleaning, and Maintenance of Hughes, Robinson, and Rapidan Rivers, VA

The StreamSweepers 2016 crew has completed Phase I of their work: Ecological Assessment of the entire Hughes River, VA Ecological Assessment of the Upper Robinson River, VA (on mountain bike) Maintenance Cleaning of the Robinson and Rapidan Rivers, VA Phase II begins now through cooperative projects with landowners and Partners to remove large debris and […]

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Reverence for Energy – An Op Ed for Local Wood and Grass Energy

In the Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan writes that we eat by the grace of nature. What kind of attitude might lead a person to consider food as a blessing at every meal? One way might be reverence – a moment of awe for the incalculable processes enabling our nourishment. What if we developed the same […]

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StreamSweepers 2016 Complete Training

Left to right for the crew photo are: Front: Ryan Rankins  Left to Right: Zachary Ray, Debbie Manzari-Program Manager Jack Murray, Conner McGhee, Daniel Squitieri, Mac Klackle & Kira Lander -returning Sweepers from 2015, Austin Garr, Spencer Goodwin, Taylor Dawson, Emily Dieckhoff (not pictured Cody Landridge)

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Board of Directors Votes to Create Wildlife Habitat Cooperative for Quail, Box Turtle, and Pollinators

After completion of a fall landowner scoping meeting, business concept plan, and robust staff and Board consideration, the Center’s Board of Director’s approved the creation of a new major program for 2016 – The Rapidan Wildlife Habitat Cooperative (RWHC).  The vision of the Cooperative is a 20 sq. mile area with interconnected quail, pollinator, and […]

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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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CNC + Partners Selected by Rappahannock County, VA to prepare Market Analysis for Northern Piedmont Wood Fuels for Public Buildings

Last week, the Center for Natural Capital + Partners (Recast Energy & Langseth Engineering) was selected by Rappahannock County, Virginia to provide a Market Analysis for Northern Piedmont Wood Fuels for Public Buildings. CNC + Partners believes there is significant potential for Rappahannock, Culpeper, and Fauquier Counties to substantially reduce facility energy expenditures by using […]

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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 Healing Dead Suburban Soils and the Chesapeake Bay

The before and after below is from a customer with very a challenging yard – very high acid subsoil with no topsoil. After 1 year of a variety of natural organic amendments – the turf is becoming thick with a beautiful natural color safe for children and pets. This soil will also reduce rainfall runoff […]

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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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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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Boilers for the Bay (and other cool win-win capital improvements) Forum Set for Tuesday, October 21

The Center, in conjunction with the Rappahannock River Basin Commission, and with funding from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, will convene a Focus Group in Culpeper, Virginia on Tuesday, October 21, from 9-2, at the Rappahannock Rapidan Regional Commission conference room. Go to the River Friendly Capital Improvements website for an agenda.

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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 Major Financial Support from Dominion Foundation

In support of Rapidan and Robinson River Valleys, Virginia maintenance and restoration and the job creation and training provided, the Dominion Foundation has provided the Center with significant financial support for 2014. The press release announcing this exciting development is below: Students Ride the River for the Environment in Summer Jobs Program Center for Natural […]

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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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StreamSweepers Partners with Historic Rapidan Mill LLC to Throw Party for Landowners and 2014 Supporters

An agreement has been reached between the Center and Rapidan Mill LLC for a celebration of the work completed by the Rapidan and Robinson Rivers StreamSweepers during the 2014 season. To be held Saturday, September 20, from 6-10 p.m., the celebration is a  thank you for all landowners and watershed Supporters. The celebration will also […]

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CNC Opens New Office in Downtown Orange, Virginia

This week, Center staff will begin moving into recently renovated offices on Main Street in downtown Orange, Virginia. Our new address is: Center for Natural Capital 130 West Main Street Suites 206, 207 Orange, Virginia 22960 With this move, Staff will be able to consolidate consulting and rivers and landscape services programs (and equipment) in […]

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Center Hires 13 StreamSweepers Staff for 2014

StreamSweepers On-water Manager Beth Seale recently completed hiring 11 Sweepers and also has promoted two 2013 Sweepers to the new position of Riparian Analyst. Beth says, “I’m looking forward to working with such an incredible staff.  Each of these young people is filled with so much enthusiasm for what StreamSweepers is doing. For them it […]

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Virginia Bioenergy Network receives contracts to support Virginia Department of Energy

The Center’s Virginia Bioenergy Network (VBN) has received two small contracts to provide Bioenergy support services to the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy. These will help to build markets for Virginia bioenergy and provide background information for the state energy plan.

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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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Center Board Selects StreamSweeper 2014 River Stretches

The Center for Natural Capital Board of Directors has approved river reaches to be swept for 2014. Continuing where they left off last year (shown in red), Sweepers will complete an additional 20 miles of the Rapidan River from Rt. 15 to beyond 522 (shown in dark blue). In addition, another roughly 20 miles of […]

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Center welcomes new Directors Carol Atchison, David Perdue, and Charlie Westbrook

Late last year, the Board welcomed the time and talents of three new members to the 2014 Board of Directors. Carol Atchison is a Certified Public Accountant in Charlottesville, Virginia. David Perdue is an entrepreneur from Somerset, Virginia. Charlie Westbrook, with Atoka Conservation Exchange, partners with landowners to optimize water, carbon and land assets of pristine […]

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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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Ahyayha’s Smith Creek Trout Restoration Project Completed!

Thanks to Shenandoah Streamworks, Frazier Quarry, Suzie Q Farm, Merck Corporation, and of course, Ahyayha Smith Creek Project Supporters, the first section of river bank has been restored! This project was entirely funded by Ahyayha project individual and corporate supporters. More images have been posted on the Ahyayha Smith Creek project page.

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Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Blogs About 2013 Virginia Biomass Conference

Check out Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Staff Member John Bonitz’s blog entry about the Virginia Bioenergy Network Biomass Conference at Longwood and the post-meeting tour. Great work John and thanks!

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Charlottesville TEDx Conservation Capitalist – Chandler Van Voorhis Video

The Charlottesville TEDx Event is Co-Chaired by Board Member Roger Voisinet and also features Board Member Chandler Van Voorhis as one of the speakers!

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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 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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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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Virginia 2013 Biomass Conference Participation Building

Registrations for the September Virginia Biomass Conference at Longwood are growing. This event has been especially geared for parties interested in institutional scale wood and grass – fueled biomass for combined heat and power. We have created an agenda for School Board members and staff, local government Elected Officials and staff, and vendors to meet, […]

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Rapidan StreamSweepers Seeks Madison County High School, Virginia Student

For the summer Central Virginia eco-youth job program, Rapidan StreamSweepers, three students have been hired from Orange County. We seek at least 1 more student to round out the team. This is paid employment to conduct river eco-assessment and trash removal.

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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 Receives Funds to Build Coalition for Implementation of Water Utility Payment System for Green Infrastructure

Additional funding was awarded today from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities and the Virginia Department of Forestry to the Center to conduct coalition building among diverse economic and environmental interests in Central Virginia for the purpose of testing implementation of the use of a portion of the water utility base rate as a […]

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Ahyayha Project to Test Voluntary Nutrient Reduction Registry

The Ahyayha Project is testing the addition of a Nitrogen and Phosphorus reduction registry to its environmental crowdfunding platform. Ahyayha will list the quantity of nitrogen and phosphorus reduction used and remaining on projects as they are funded. A protocol has also been developed to provide limited verification of certificates. Certificates are available to any […]

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Virginia Biomass Solutions Fall Conference Date and Draft Agenda Set

Biomass for Energy, Economy, and the Environment Longwood University, Farmville, Virginia Monday, September 9 5:00 – 7:00 Reception at Hampton Inn for Speakers and Attendees Tuesday, September 10 7:30 – 8:00 Registration and Refreshments 8:00 – 8:30 Opening comments Organizers Welcome – Al Weed – Fmr. Executive Director, Public Policy Virginia and Board Member, Center […]

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Center selected to manage new Virginia Community Wood Energy Program

The Center for Natural Capital + Partners was selected yesterday by the Virginia Department of Forestry to manage a new statewide initiative – the Virginia Community Wood Energy Program (VCWEP). The Center will manage the program for the Virginia Department of Forestry, in partnership with Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Virginia Tech […]

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Ahyayha Project Seeks Crowdfunding for York River Oyster Farmer

Team Ahyayha travels to York County, Virginia this weekend to film a young oyster farmer and his family’s story to build an oyster growing business that will also help restore the York River and the Chesapeake Bay. The family needs more cages to grow more oysters and plans to offer free oysters shipped anywhere in […]

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CNC Participates on F2F Panel at Center for Global Leadership Studies

Friday and Saturday last week, CNC staff participated on a panel to discuss the Rivannna Forests to Faucets Initiative at the Virginia Tech Center for Global Leadership Studies. In addition to CNC, the Panel included elected officials from the Charlottesville region, a water utility manager from Hampton Roads, and a stewardship manager from the Virginia […]

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Conserv and PPV Board of Directors Create Natural Capital Trade Organization

Last week, the Conserv/PPV Board of Directors voted to continue the functionality of Conserv’s C-6 trade status under a new name – The Natural Capital Association. The entity will focus on market development services and grassroots advocacy for entities that foster/produce products and services that enhances the quality of earth’s natural capital. This entity, combined […]

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