The board of directors of Valley Conservation Council (VCC) announced today that Staunton native John Hutchinson will serve as its new Executive Director. Hutchinson, who brings with him over three decades of conservation and development experience, will take the helm of the organization on January 1, 2020, aiming to expand Valley Conservation Council’s membership and […]
When John Sweet made the decision to donate his 400-acre Highland County farm to VCC, his hope was that the farm might be used to help educate future conservationists for generations to come. Less than a year after making the gift, Sweet’s vision had already become a reality when David Weisenbeck, a student at James […]
Marc and Eileen Read feel strongly about conserving land, especially when they look across the river from their 89- acre farm and see the small lot subdivision developed in recent years. To ensure that this would never happen to their property, they recently donated a conservation easement to VCC. The easement is designed to protect […]
Highland County resident John Sweet has been named Valley Conservation Council’s Conservator of the Year. The award, presented at Valley Conservation Council’s (VCC) annual conservation celebration, recognized Sweet’s lifetime of environmental stewardship, culminating most recently with a donation of his 386-acre farm to the organization. “When it came time for VCC’s board and staff to […]
The Trust for Public Land’s report “Virginia’s Return on Investment in Land Conservation,” shows that for every $1 invested by the state in land conservation, $4 in natural goods and services is returned to Virginia’s economy. Look for the full study at www.tpl.org/va-roi-report. The study was conducted in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and VIRGINIAforever. […]
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