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 […]


VCC and many partners continue to raise serious concerns about Dominion’s proposed 42-inch Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) that would traverse rugged mountain terrain and working farm and forest lands in three counties within VCC’s service region. A recent route adjustment adds 30 miles to the alignment, moving the route south through Highland County and into […]


VCC invites young and old to “Kites and Critters” at a farm in Staunton’s Bells Lane agricultural district on Sunday, April 17, 2016, from 1 to 5 pm. Fly a kite, release a trout, go on a habitat walk, inspect stream insects, visit a beekeeper, pet a lamb, or just enjoy a day at the […]


The Natural Bridge of Virginia, a National Historic Landmark once owned by Thomas Jefferson, certainly deserves preservation for its renowned history. During the process of finding and supporting a suitable buyer and outcome, we found that the surrounding acres also showcase a vast array of natural resources. The property hosts unique forestlands. Recent Virginia Division […]


In June 2014, Dominion Resources and its partners announced plans for a major new natural gas pipeline through Highland and Augusta Counties. If federal officials approve the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, estimated to cost $4.5 billion to $5 billion, then Dominion and its partners will install a 42-inch pipe in a trench 10 to 12 […]


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