The Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection (RLEP) and the Sperryville Community Alliance would like to thank all the hardworking volunteers who came out last Saturday (April 16) to clean up the Sperryville Nature Trail in preparation for SperryFest.
Nestled in between two of Culpeper County’s historic sites lay plans for construction on two industrial buildings on over 230 agricultural acres courtesy of Amazon Web Services.
Nearly 100 people braved the cold on March 28 to tour some of Culpeper’s most historical sites in an effort to show the damage that may be done with the passage of a proposed rezoning application from Amazon.
For environmental advocates, the just-concluded Virginia legislative session had its victories, highlighted by repelling a former Trump official’s nomination to oversee the state’s natural resources.
RICHMOND – Legislation aimed at increasing tree canopies across Virginia passed both chambers of the General Assembly after legislators compromised on removing language around equity.
The bill, sponsored by Webert, who represents Rappahannock County, requires the state to analyze the impact of small- and medium-sized solar and energy storage projects on forested lands and those containing prime agricultural soils, a federal classification defined in state law.
Each year, the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District awards up to $4,000 in educational scholarships to students who plan to pursue a career in a conservation-related field.
A House subcommittee struck down a series of bills that would have altered Virginia’s hunting laws, with numerous votes deadlocking despite a Republican majority on the six-person panel.
The Piedmont Environmental Council on Wednesday announced the appointment of Laura O’Brien as its new Rappahannock County field representative, filling the role previously held by Claire Catlett, who served in the position from 2017 to 2021.
Democrats on a Virginia Senate committee voted Tuesday to strip former Trump EPA chief Andrew Wheeler from a list of approved hires for Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s cabinet.
In 2021, LTV staff completed 16 easements for a total of 3,041 acres, compared to 1,765 acres in 2020 and 1,730 acres in 2019. The organization also expanded into six new Virginia counties.
Shenandoah National Park will begin its Old Rag Mountain ticketing pilot project in March in an effort to control the number of hikers and combat bottlenecks that can create long waits along narrow corridors of the nearly 10-mile loop trail.
Rappahannock County residents who lost power as a result of Monday’s snowstorm may not have service restored for several days.
Once again, Santa — joined by the Rappahannock community — didn't let a pandemic steal the holiday cheer. Quite the opposite, as Avon Hall in Little Washington played host to this year's “Winter Wonderland,” which as always, benefited the Food Pantry.
In Lyt Wood’s decades-long career of heading the Rappahannock Nature Camp, he’s seen children learn about the outdoors beyond superficial textbook definitions. As he heads toward retirement, he hopes the campers will continue to experience the wilderness’ natural phenomena.
"Watch out for deer!" — that's the message from Shenandoah National Park, according to a news release Friday: Shenandoah has observed a concerning increase in the number of deer-vehicle collisions over the past two years. So far this season, we've documented 46 deer-vehicle collisions in th…
So goes the land use quandary stewing in rural counties around Virginia, the result of a building friction between the state’s ambitious renewable energy goals and the desire of communities to preserve productive farmland and with it, their agricultural identities.
The Propers finally had enough. The family, whose property backs up to Rappahannock County Park, have endured for years what they described as mistreatment at the hands of the Rappahannock County Recreational Facilities Authority (RCRFA), the body that oversees the park.
The Rappahannock Lions Club received unanimous approval at the Sept. 1 Board of Supervisors meeting to implement a plastic bag and film recycling program at Rappahannock County’s Flatwood and Amissville disposal sites.
Shenandoah National Park is reopening the park's streams to fishing. All angling had been temporarily suspended due low stream flows and high water temperatures, but recent rains have brought stream flows up and replenished groundwater making conditions less stressful for fish. Fish may stil…
Commonwealth Attorney Art Goff recommended that the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors repeal an ordinance that controls utility-scale renewable energy generating facilities, which received lukewarm support from the body and was hurried along at a July meeting.
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) member-owners selected three of their peers to serve on REC's Board of Directors. More than 16,000 people returned their proxy designation card or participated in the virtual annual meeting, which was held last Wednesday, Aug. 11.
With a $50,000 grant from Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign, and additional funding from The Musser Family Fund, Sacharuna Foundation and Culpeper Wellness Foundation, the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) rolls out its summer milk and egg donation program this month, beginning the week of July 12. Over the next three months, PEC will purchase 6,000 gallons of liquid milk from the Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association (MDVA Milk), supporting the cooperative’s 18 member dairy farms within PEC’s nine-county region, and about 3,000 dozen eggs from Warrenton’s Whiffletree Farm, all to be donated to food pantries in Clarke, Loudoun, Fauquier, Culpeper, Rappahannock, Orange, Madison, Greene and Albemarle counties and the city of Charlottesville.
At the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors August meeting on Monday, the body approved an amendment for a special exception permit from Nick Dowling, owner of Blue Rock Inn, to run an unused home on his property as a tourist residence. This application initially fell before the board in June, receiving opposition from neighbors and some of the board members. In 2006, the previous owners obtained a permit for the home on the condition that it not be used for commercial purposes, and Jackson District Supervisor Ron Frazier had hesitations about overturning the previous board’s decision.
A sunset last week at Massies Corner owed its unearthly glow to smoke from sprawling wildfires in the western U.S. and Canada. The haze brought poor air quality and reduced visibility. Scientists attribute phenomenon of massive wildfires and their increasing intensity to climate change.
As of last week, Rappahannock has a new ordinance on the books to control utility-scale renewable energy generating facilities, including wind and solar projects, on county land. After a late-night joint session with the Planning Commission on July 7, the Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to pass the ordinance, with Piedmont Supervisor Christine Smith and Hampton Supervisor Keir Whitson dissenting.
Chuck Akre — Rappahannock resident and famed money manager — is launching a new portfolio, composed not of securities but deeply felt values and stunning horizons.
Ahead of their joint meeting with county supervisors on Wednesday, July 7, Rappahannock’s planning commissioners called on an expert to discuss a possible new ordinance which would impose conditions on small and utility-scale solar farms.
With a $50,000 grant from Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign, and additional funding from The Musser Family Fund, Sacharuna Foundation and Culpeper Wellness Foundation, the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) rolls out its summer milk and egg donation program this month, beginning the week of July 12.
Rappahannock County’s Eldon Farms, one of the largest undivided landholdings in the mid-Atlantic, was sold this week to Washington resident Chuck Akre, founder of Middleburg-based Akre Capital Management, and his family. The sale closed on Wednesday, June 30.
Whatever your interest in or aversion to white-tailed deer, you may eventually see fewer of them sprinting across the road, eating your cabbage or magnified in your rifle scope. The reason: chronic wasting disease, a fatal, incurable affliction that continues to spread in the mid-Atlantic.
Torney Van Acker, vice chair of the Rappahannock County Recreational Facilities Authority and champion of the county park’s International Dark Sky designation, is facing a Class I misdemeanor charge after he allegedly trespassed on property owned by the park’s neighbors, Leslie and Jeremy Proper.
Summer is here, and we just faced our first hot, sticky weekend, with many more to follow. Even though the Virginia Piedmont is much closer to New York than to New Orleans, we often experience the sultry days familiar to our neighbors to the south.