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Conservation Community Celebrates Passage of Bipartisan Easement Legislation
This month, Governor Northam signed into law important legislation preserving the integrity of all conservation easements throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The bipartisan legislation, SB 1199 (Petersen) and its House companion HB 1760 (Webert / Gooditis), passed with broad support during the 2021 General Assembly Session, ensuring that any dispute over easement terms are decided in favor of the conservation purpose of the easement.
“Conservation easements are a critical tool to ensure the protection of habitat and other conservation value on private lands. With the passage of this legislation, we can be confident that courts will interpret easements as intended by the donors who loved their lands enough to protect them with this tool.” ~ Locke Ogens, Virginia State Director, The Nature Conservancy
SWVA Grant Competition for Eco Friendly Econ Dev Proposals
The Cumberland Forest Community Fund, a grant program administered by TNC and UVA’s College at Wise, aims to support economic, environmental and recreation minded projects that build on the strengths of Southwest Virginia.
Cities across Virginia seek cleaner transportation to minimize air pollution
"It is hard to find electric vehicles at a lot of Virginia dealerships ... Those are the vehicles that are going to become easier to buy in Virginia thanks to this legislation." TNC Virginia Energy and Climate Policy Manager Lena Lewis talks to The Breeze (JMU) about the recent passage of Clean Car Standards and the opportunity for Virginia to lead in modernizing transportation and tackling carbon pollution.
First Session of Annual ‘Kids Count’ Focuses on Children in Nature
"Exploring and learning about the wonders of nature fosters children’s curiosity and creativity." VVCR Outreach & Education Coordinator Margaret Van Clief participated as a panelist during the recent “Kids Count” forum coordinated by Smart Beginnings Eastern Shore.
VVCR's education program offers curriculum-based field trips and hands-on learning experiences for 5th, 7th, and 10th grade students in Accomack and Northampton Counties
‘Clean cars’ bill clears major hurdle in Virginia Senate
TNC Virginia's Energy and Climate Policy Manager Lena Lewis is quoted in this article about legislation that would direct Virginia to adopt the Clean Car Standards, increasing the availability of electric vehicles in Virginia, resulting in broader consumer choice, improved public health and less carbon pollution.
Virginia lawmakers eye carbon sequestration possibilities
A newly created carbon sequestration task force will convene environmental, agricultural and higher education groups to examine ways to encourage and quantify carbon sequestration in Virginia.
TNC Associate State Director Nikki Rovner is quoted in the article that highlights TNC's forest carbon sequestration projects in Southwest Virginia.
UVA Wise, The Nature Conservancy start Cumberland Forest Community Fund
The University of Virginia’s College at Wise and The Nature Conservancy have partnered in a new fund to promote nature-based economic and community development in Southwest Virginia. “This funding will help support local projects and local communities, creating positive outcomes for both people and nature,” said Brad Kreps, The Nature Conservancy’s Clinch Valley program director.
UVA Wise and The Nature Conservancy Launch Cumberland Forest Community Fund
The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, announce the launch of the Cumberland Forest Community Fund: a new competitive local grant program to support nature-based economic and community development projects in seven counties in Southwest Virginia (Wise, Russell, Tazewell, Dickenson, Buchanan, Lee, Scott and City of Norton).
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