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World's largest oyster reef restoration continues on the Piankatank River
The Daily Press (Marine Restoration) July 19, 2018

Coverage of the latest phase in an aggressive and concerted effort to restore oyster reefs in 10 Chesapeake Bay tributaries by 2025. When the Piankatank reef project is complete, it will total 425 acres - an area larger than the National Mall in Washington, DC.


A tide of change: Oyster reef restoration projects get funding from General Assembly
WRIC (Marine Restoration) July 18, 2018

Coverage of the latest phase of oyster reef restoration in the Piankatank River.


Lawmakers float Clinch River as communities aim to keep on course to become state park
Roanoke Times (Conservation Lands) July 15, 2018

Several lawmakers floated along the Clinch River as part of an outing of the Sportsmen’s Caucus to learn about the corridor that the state and communities are working to turn into a state park. The Nature Conservancy hoped by showing off the region and the river, lawmakers would envision what it could become, and continue their support.


Urban high school students spend summer exploring careers in conservation
The Roanoke Times (Leadership) July 13, 2018

A look at The Nature Conservancy's efforts to restore marine grasses in coastal bays and the living laboratory that can help us make coastlines around the world more resilient.


Virginia's Efforts To Restore Seaside Grasses May Be A Worldwide Model
WVTF (Marine Restoration) July 13, 2018

A look at The Nature Conservancy's efforts to restore marine grasses in coastal bays and the living laboratory that can help us make coastlines around the world more resilient.


Visiting legislators put hands on future of Clinch River, see region’s tourism opportunities
Bristol Herald Courier (Conservation Lands) July 13, 2018

Members of the Virginia Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus and other state leaders traveled to St. Paul, VA to experience first hand the beauty, biodiversity, and economic value that the Clinch River brings to southwest Virginia.


Agencies Extend Initiative to Protect Clinch and Powell Rivers
Press Release (Clean Water) July 5, 2018

Announcement of a multi-agency agreement between Federal and state partners to extend a collaborative effort to protect and restore the Clinch and Powell rivers in Virginia and Tennessee. The Nature Conservancy's Braven Beaty is quoted in the press release.


Controlled Burns Boost Songbird Populations
Radio IQ / WVTF (Conservation Lands) June 24, 2018

This radio feature takes listeners into the field in the Allegheny Highlands, where we're using fire to restore avian habitats.


Rivers We Love
Blue Ridge Outdoors (Conservation Lands) June 18, 2018

Virginia’s Clinch River is featured in Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine, which highlights both the river's biodiversity and economic value to southwest Virginia.


Each spring, volunteers collect millions of seagrass seeds off the Eastern Shore. Here's why.
The Virginian-Pilot (Marine Restoration) May 25, 2018

Reporter Katherine Hafner goes behind the scenes and in the water of the largest seagrass restoration project in the world.


Oyster Shell Collection at the Chincoteague Seafood Festival 50th Anniversary
Outdoor Delmarva (Marine Restoration) May 21, 2018

Outreach and Education Coordinator Margaret Van Clief talks about how The Nature Conservancy uses recycled oyster and clam shells in our marine restoration projects on the Eastern Shore. (Interview is from 2:48 - 5:12)


Governor Northam announces new, innovative land conservation strategy
WVIR (Land Conservation) April 24, 2018

The office of Governor Northam issued a press release announcing a new land conservation strategy that will prioritize preserving areas with the highest conservation value, which included a quote from Virginia state director Locke Ogens praising the new approach.


City Nature Challenge offers a chance to identify urban wildlife
Richmond Times-Dispatch (Urban Conservation) April 21, 2018

Writer Tee Clarkson previews the City Nature Challenge, a 4-day citizen science event to discover and document the biodiversity of our urban spaces, highlighting public events that will be held in Richmond on April 29 and May 1.


5 Tons Of Trash Cleaned Up In Fairfax County Parks
Kingstowne Patch (People and Communities) April 12, 2018

Led by Fairfax County Park Authority and Nature Conservancy leaders, volunteers spread out at eight different parks from Lake Accotink in Springfield to Huntley Meadows Park. They cleaned 35 miles of stream, shoreline, and trails collectively. Two other cleanups were rescheduled due to the weather.


How much wood does a woodpecker need to succeed
Bay Journal (Conservation Lands) April 10, 2018

The Bay Journal's Tom Horton writes about efforts to bring back the red-cockaded woodpecker in Virginia.  Conservancy land steward Bobby Clontz and Piney Grove Preserve are both featured in telling the story of how many partners worked together to successfully reintroduce the bird in the state.


Local nonprofit hosts second annual March for Science
CBS 19 (Science) April 9, 2018

Video report highlighting evens and activities from Charlottesville's second annual event to raise awareness about science and make the field more approachable.


Charlottesville March for Science celebrates and advocates for evidence-based policy
The Cavalier Daily (Science) April 9, 2018

The Conservancy's Jean Lorber, acting Allegheny Highlands Program Dirctor, is quoted in this article about Charlottesville's March for Science.  “Science helps us know what works.  We hope to explain to the general public why science is important.”


Braving cold weather, volunteers spring-clean Fairfax Co. parks
WTOP (People and Communities) April 7, 2018

Volunteers came out for the third annual spring cleanup of Fairfax County parks despite forecasts calling for cold temperatures and snow.  The event is sponsored by The Nature Conservancy and Fairfax County Parks Authority and aims to remove trash and debris from local waterway, preventing it from reaching the Chesapeake Bay.


A Good Year for Woodpeckers
Center for Conservation Biology (Endangered Species) April 3, 2018

2017 was a good year for red-cockaded woodpeckers in Virginia.


Northampton County’s Migrant Education Program Inspires Kids
Coastal Virginia magazine (Community Engagement) March 30, 2018

Conservation writer Daniel White contributed this story about the Virginia Coast Reserve's education program, focusing on a special field trip for the children of migrant workers.


Opinion: Conservation protects trees, birds for future
The Virginian-Pilot (Conservation Lands) March 29, 2018

Wendi Weber, northeast regional director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, writes about the importance of land conservation, both on a national scale and among private landowners.  She calls out the efforts of Bill Owen, a Nature Conservancy partner, to restore longleaf pine on his family farm. 


How much woods would a woodpecker need if it’s to succeed?
Bay Journal (Conservation Lands) March 27, 2018

Tending to the woodpeckers’ survival, as with so many endangered species recovery efforts, brings science and conservation to bear on restoring whole ecosystems.  The Conservancy's Piney Grove preserve is noted in this story about the red-cockaded woodpecker, with Land Steward Bobby Clontz leading writer Tom Horton on a hike through the property.  The article also details the importance of fire in the pine savannah landscape.


Conserved land has millions of dollars in impact on Virginia shore: Study
Delmarva Now (Conservation Lands) March 19, 2018

A recent study found conserved lands on Virginia's Eastern Shore have a significant economic impact on the region. The data in it confirms what organizations like The Nature Conservancy have been saying all along — that conserving land on the Eastern Shore pays off in dollars and cents.


Opinion: No excuses: Restore funding now to Virginia conservation programs
The Roanoke Times (Conservation Lands) March 7, 2018

Virginia State Director Locke Ogens' op-ed calls out lawmakers for using pipeline mitigation funds as an excuse to cut statewide conservation programs. Said Ogens, “If allowed to stand, these cuts would be an abdication of the legislature’s constitutional mandate to protect and restore natural resources that are critical to all Virginians.”


Opinion: To create jobs, Virginia must invest in conservation
The Virginian-Pilot (Conservation Lands) February 12, 2018

The op-ed from Nature Conservancy trustee Lucius J. Kellam III highlights the results of a George Mason University study on the economic value of conserved lands on Virginia's Eastern Shore, noting how industries like aquaculture and tourism rely on a healthy, clean environment as well as the added value of conservation easements.


Opinion: Virginia needs investment in conservation to spur the economy
The Richmond Times-Dispatch (Conservation Lands) February 12, 2018

Nature Conservancy board chair Wick Moorman's op-ed highlights the importance of funding for conservation, pointing out that Virginia spends less than half as much on conservation as the average U.S. state while also highlighting the results of the Eastern Shore conserved land study demonstrating the economic value of conservation.


Grant helps tribe to restore longleaf pines
The Tidewater News (Conservation Lands) February 7, 2018

The Nature Conservancy and the Cheroenhaka Tribe have been collaborating on longleaf pine restoration since 2010. The first planting was completed in early 2011.


Seal Tagging Team Win!
US Navy Marine Species Monitoring Blog (Partnerships) February 6, 2018

Staff from The Nature Conservancy's Virginia Coast Reserve joined the US Navy and other partners in successfully tagging four harbor seals in Virginia waters. 

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