This video highlighting best management practices at Big Rock Dairy in the Shenandoah Valley is part of the Virginia CSP Champions series, which profiles producers across Virginia in the Conservation Stewardship Program with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.  Over the span of 2018-2020, the Simmons family engaged Valley Conservation Council to protect this working land […]


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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