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Eelgrass to Bay Scallops, VIMS Continues Restoring Coastal Bays
Daily Press (Oceans and Coasts) August 2, 2017
The laborious — sometimes tedious, sometimes soothing — science of surveying the bay scallops that VIMS and The Nature Conservancy are restoring to Virginia's seaside bays.
Virginia Commonwealth University (Partnerships) July 27, 2017
VCR's barrier islands are helping researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University unlock the mysteries of coastal ecosystems and climate change.
Louisville Teens Begin Summer Adventures with The Nature Conservancy in Virginia
Press Release (Leadership) July 07, 2017
About 150 students, many of whom have never spent extended time out in nature, will participate in Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF), the Conservancy's paid conservation internship program from July 5 through August 1 at Conservancy preserves across the country. Virginia’s program will host four students from Louisville, Kentucky.
Great Dismal Swamp Welcomes First Baby Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers in Decades
The Virginian-Pilot (Conservation Lands) July 1, 2017
“It’s a real milestone,” said Bryan Watts, director of The Center for Conservation Biology, and a first step in establishing a population of the swamp’s once indigenous bird. The only other breeding population is located at The Nature Conservancy’s Piney Grove Preserve.
McAuliffe Announces Administration Appointments
Office of Governor Terry McAuliffe (Press Release) June 30, 2017
Missy Neff, the Virginia Chapter's Director of Legislative Affairs, was appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Science Museum of Virginia by Governor McAuliffe.
Scientists Try to Bring Scallops Back to Chesapeake Bay
WBAL (Oceans and Coasts) June 29, 2017
WBAL reporter Adam May travels to Virginia's Eastern Shore to talk to The Nature Conservancy's Bo Lusk and Jennifer Miller about our ongoing work to restore marine grasses and the bay scallop.
Remembrance for George Clemon Freeman Jr.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch (Obituary) June 29, 2017
Following his recent passing, The Richmond Times-Dispatch printed a remembrance of George Clemon Freeman Jr., who helped co-found the Virginia Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and served as the second State Director. The piece recalls Mr. Freeman’s legal career and role as an environmental counsel for the energy industry, and credits him with helping to draft linchpin legislation for conservation easements and the Virginia Open-Space Land Act. Mr. Freeman is survived by his son, George Clemon Freeman III, who currently sits on the board.
Bill Cochran Field Reports: Governor Reshapes DGIF Board with New Appointees
The Roanoke Times (Leadership) June 28, 2017
Former Virginia board chair R. Brian Ball and current board member Mamie Parker were recently appointed to the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries board by Gov. Terry McAullife. This article in The Roanoke Times on the appointments also mentions Ball’s work with The Nature Conservancy.
A Bright Future in the Great Dismal: Woodpecker Partnership Records First Successful Breeding
William & Mary News (Partnerships) June 26, 2017
Conservation partners are celebrating the first successful breeding of the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker within the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. This event represents a milestone in an ongoing effort to establish a second breeding population in Virginia of the state's rarest bird.
Opinion: Proposed Budget Threatens National Forests
The Roanoke Times (Lands & Waters) June 21, 2017
Proposed cuts to federal agencies and programs that protect western Virginia’s natural assets — from the Blue Ridge Parkway to the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests - threaten these iconic places.
Virginia Wildlife (Conservation Lands) May/June 2017
Writer Glenda Booth visited several Conservancy owned barrier islands for this piece about the nesting shorebirds of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Coastal Scientist Alex Wilke is among those interviewed and points out how crucial the islands are to the birds’ survival.
Offset Programs Aim to Counter Climate Change While Providing Other Benefits
Appalachian Voices (Climate) June 15, 2017
The Conservancy's carbon sequestration program in the Clinch is a major focus of this article about carbon offset approaches. The Clinch Valley Program’s Brad Kreps and Greg Meade are both interviewed for the piece and talk about how the forests also protects water quality and biodiversity in the Clinch River.
Island Trip Immerses Students in Effects of Climate Change
Bay Journal (Community) June 11, 2017
Bay Journal writer Rona Kobell accompanied a 10th grade class from Northampton High School as they visited Parramore Island with VCR Education Coordinator Jennifer Davis and their teacher Andrea McCready. The article touches on how many of the students have never been to the islands before despite living in the area, as well as the history of the islands themselves.
Fridays On The Farm
USDA (Partnerships) June 9, 2017
For its regular #Fridaysonthefarm blog, the USDA website posted an article about how they are working with partners in multiple states to implement conservation practices on agricultural land, including working with The Nature Conservancy on Maryland and Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Maryland's Agricultural Program Director, Amy Jacobs, is quoted on why the Conservancy was excited to collaborate with the RCPP program on projects like the 4R alliance. The piece also highlights how wetland restoration is the program’s focus in Virginia and how we are reaching out directly to landowners, with a quote from VCR Land Protection Manager Jim McGowan.
Enviva Forest Conservation Fund Awards 2017 Grants
Biomass Magazine (Conservation Lands) June 07, 2017
In a press release announcing the 2017 grant recipients of the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund, Southern Rivers Program Director Brian Van Eerden was quoted about how Enviva’s investments can help protect floodplain and wildlife protection in southern VA. This year’s winners were Ducks Unlimited, the NC Coastal Land Trust, and the Virginia Department of Forestry.
Conservation Partnership Benefits Chesapeake Bay and Producers
USDA (Conservation Lands) June 06, 2017
A USDA article about how the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Conservancy are working together to restore wetlands on the Eastern Shore. The piece highlights how the Conservancy is reaching out directly to landowners with properties that are good candidates for restoration and includes a quote from VCR's Land Protection Manager Jim McGowan.
Trump Budget Eliminates Oyster Restoration Funds
WYPR (Oceans & Coasts) June 05, 2017
NPR reporter Pamela D’Angelo attended the Piankatank oyster reef construction and details some of the challenges that oyster restoration efforts in Virginia and Maryland have faced, and how they could be impacted by the proposed presidential budget. Conservation Specialist Andy Lacatell is quoted about the importance of continued funding.
Virginia Coast Reserve Launches New Educational Field Trip Initiative
Cape Charles Mirror (Community) June 04, 2017
Programs aims to make field-learning experiences on Virginia’s Barrier Islands available to every primary student on the Eastern Shore.
The Nature Conservancy’s Virginia Coast Reserve Launches New Educational Field Trip Initiative With Support Of Local Schools
Press Release (Community) May 30, 2017
Program aims to make field-learning experiences on Virginia’s Barrier Islands available to every primary student on the Eastern Shore.
Opinion: The All Important Oyster
The Virginian-Pilot (Oceans & Coasts) May 28, 2017
Mark Bryer, the Conservancy's Chesapeake Bay Program Director, offers his thoughts on the importance of oyster restoration efforts and the threats posed to continued Bay progress with the release of President Donald Trump’s budget proposal.
Birding Challenge is a Feather in Virginia's Cap
Richmond Times-Dispatch (Conservation Lands) May 27, 2017
Tee Clarkson reports on the growth of the Conservancy's bird blitz, now in its third year and expanding to 21 chapters across the country.
Reversing Centuries of Logging Damage at the Great Dismal Swamp
WVTF (Partnerships) May 25, 2017
Reporter Pam D’Angelo reports on the installation of new water control devices at the Great Dismal Swamp. The structures will give managers more control over the swamp’s hydrology and help restore the swamp’s ability to retain flood water. The Nature Conservancy is a partner in this project with the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Nandua Students Exchange Classroom for an Island, Learn Science
Delmarva Now (Community) May 22, 2017
More than 150 students from schools on Virginia's Eastern Shore have visited VCR's Parramore Island this spring. The field trips are part of a new program that aims to provide hands-on experience with concepts that are being learned in the classroom.
A Visit to Brownsville Nature Preserve
Cape Charles Mirror (Conservation Lands) May 21, 2017
Writer Jane McKinley pays a visit to the Virginia Coast Reserve to learn more about the mission of The Nature Conservancy and experience the Brownsville Preserve’s protected habitat.
Piankatank Gets New $2M Granite Oyster Reef, A 25-Acre Sanctuary
The Daily Press (Partnerships) May 19, 2017
A $2 million project is creating a 25-acre sanctuary reef in the Piankatank River, one of the most productive oyster seed rivers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The Nature Conservancy is a partner on this project along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Norfolk District and the Virginia Marine Resources Commission.
Reef Building Begins on Piankatank
Rappahannock Record (Partnerships) May 17, 2017
Oysters will receive 25 acres of new habitat in the Piankatank River as part of the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Recovery Project. The Piankatank River Project is being constructed in partnership with the Virginia Marine Resources Commission and The Nature Conservancy and is part of the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Recovery Program.
Guest Blog: Make The World A Better Place During Your Vacation
Visit Virginia's Eastern Shore (Outdoors) May 15, 2017
Margaret Van Clief, outreach and education coordinator for the Conservancy’s Virginia Coast Reserve, shares ways to enjoy and explore the Eastern Shore - and help make a difference for nature.
Great Dismal Swamp Gets $3m Water-Control System
The Daily Press (Partnerships) May 12, 2017
Extreme weather events like wildfire and hurricanes prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners to beef up water control measures to protect the 115,000-acre swamp, which the service manages as a national wildlife refuge. “This is a valuable lesson about how patience, strong science and steady focus can achieve big conservation wins.”
Refuge Conditions Improving
Suffolk News-Herald (Partnerships) May 11, 2017
Southern Rivers Program Director Brian van Eerden was interviewed about a new water control structure at the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, which is part of a multimillion-dollar project to improve the swamp’s hydrology following hurricane Sandy.
Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Highlights Water Management Project
Press Release (Partnerships) May 11, 2017
Event showcases $3-million infrastructure improvement to benefit wildlife and local communities.
Construction Of New Reef In Piankatank River Starts
Dredging Today (Partnerships) May 09, 2017
The construction of a new reef in the Piankatank River is set to start this week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District, has just announced. The Piankatank River Project is being constructed in partnership with the Virginia Marine Resources Commission and The Nature Conservancy, and includes reef restoration projects in Maryland and Virginia.
Nature Conservancy Open House on Virginia Shore a Hit
Delmarva Now (Events) April 27, 2017
The second open house at The Nature Conservancy's Brownsville Preserve in Nassawadox attracted 228 attendees, despite the drizzly weather and an Earth Day weekend packed with events on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
Communicating Virginia Coastal Resilience Science
Coastal Resilience (Climate Change) April 26, 2017
Congratulations to Chris Bruce, GIS Manager for TNC Virginia, and UVA’s Amy Ferguson, winners of top poster awards presenting the Conservancy's coastal resilience work.
Open Farm Day At The Nature Conservancy's Brownsville Preserve (video)
Delmarva Now (Events) April 22, 2017
Margaret Van Clief, outreach and education coordinator at The Nature Conservancy's Virginia Coast Reserve Brownsville Preserve in Nassawadox, Virginia, speaks about the preserve's second annual open house.
Scenes From The Nature Conservancy's Virginia Coast Reserve Open House
Delmarva Now (Events) April 22, 2017
Visitors enjoyed a day connecting with neighbors and nature at the Virginia Coast Reserve's 2nd annual Open Farm Day event.
Volunteers Give Fairfax County Parks A Spring Makeover
Fairfax County Times (Events) April 07, 2017
300 volunteers swarmed through Lake Accotink Park in Springfield on the morning of Apr. 1, scouring the lake shore and the surrounding woods and creeks for bottles, soda cans, cigarette butts, and other debris. Lake Accotink Park was one of nine Fairfax County parks to participate in a mass spring clean-up effort organized by the Fairfax County Park Authority and The Nature Conservancy.
Discover the Clinch Valley
Discover Hancock (Conservation Lands) March 30, 2017
TNC has worked with people of the Clinch Valley since 1990 and the end result of those efforts is that, today, more than 35,000 acres of critical natural habitat throughout the two-state region is protected.
Can Farming the Ocean Help Save the Planet?
TriplePundit (Oceans & Coasts) February 17, 2017
The Nature Conservancy is working with partners to study and understand the environmental benefits that aquaculture can provide.
Study: Long-Term Eelgrass Loss Due To Joint Effects Of Shade, Heat
William & Mary News (Oceans & Coasts) February 13, 2017
Professor Robert “JJ” Orth of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science co-authored the study examining the causes and ecological and economic effects of the decline in seagrass. VIMS is a long time partner in The Nature Conservancy's efforts to restore eelgrass to Virginia's coastal bays, the largest restoration effort in the world.
Ocean City Fishermen Build Reefs For New Fisheries, Blue Water
Delmarva Now (Oceans & Coasts) February 01, 2017
Bo Lusk, Coastal Scientist for the Conservancy in Virginia, was interviewed by DelMarVa Now about the loss of oysters in the Chesapeake Bay, efforts to rebuild reefs, and how drilling could theoretically impact deep water reefs. "What oysters need right now is substrate," Lusk said. "Whether that be in the form of shells or oyster castles, these habitats for the oysters to grow off of need to be rebuilt in order for the populations to rebound back to what they once were."
Field Notes: Long Live the Longleaf
The Virginian-Pilot (Forests) January 29, 2017
Article on the Virginia Dept. of Forestry’s efforts around Longleaf pine, which also includes a mention of the Conservancy's commitment to the species.
Beach Strategies: Rebuild, Retreat or Relax
York Daily Record (Oceans & Coasts) January 27, 2017
Nature Conservancy Senior Scientist Gwynn Crichton was interviewed about the Virginia Coast Reserve’s management of the barrier islands as part of a larger story about how communities and agencies are coping with increasing environmental pressure on Atlantic coast beaches. Crichton explained why intervention in the case of the shifting islands could actually have negative consequences, and that it’s better to let nature take it’s course.
Outside Party Lines
Blue Ridge Outdoors (Leadership) January 27, 2017
Instead of meetings in a conference room, Virginia lawmakers are participating in a caucus spearheaded by outdoor enthusiasts from both political parties who believe strongly that outdoor recreation is a nonpartisan issue.
Volunteers Help Clean Up Meadow Creek In Charlottesville
WVIR-TV (Rivers & Lakes) January 16, 2017
Volunteers are helping to make Charlottesville a little cleaner by picking up the trash near Meadow Creek. About 15 people with the Nature Conservancy met Monday morning at the end of Michie Drive to collect trash on the creek's banks.
Meadow Creek Watershed Clean-up
Newsplex.com (Rivers & Lakes) January 16, 2017
More than a dozen volunteers meet at Meadow Creek to support the Nature Conservatory in its efforts of a cleanup. They spent part of their day knee deep in mud to pay homage to Martin Luther Kind Day of Service.
Big Problem, Big Data: Groundbreaking Apps Aim To Put Eastern Shore A Step Ahead Of Sea Level Rise
The Virginian-Pilot (Climate Change) January 14, 2017
Some scientists, planners and business and political leaders are trying to help the Eastern Shore get a step ahead of climate change.
Building on Consensus
Virginia Business (Partnerships) December 30, 2016
The premise behind VIRGINIAforever is that if you can find common ground you can build on it. Now 10 years old, this nonprofit group — an alliance of businesses and environmental organizations — has become an effective presence in Richmond.
Endangered Birds Trucked To Great Dismal Swamp In Hopes Of Matchmaking
US Fish and Wildlife Service (Conservation Lands) November 21, 2016
The soft, melodious social calls of endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers were absent from Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge for over 40 years. That is, until last fall.
Cumberland Marsh Natural Area Preserve A Thing Of Beauty
Richmond Times-Dispatch (Conservation Lands) November 03, 2016
It felt a bit like cheating and sticking it to the man at the same time as Sam Lindblom from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and I launched a canoe on the Pamunkey River in New Kent County last week.
New Effort Underway to Increase Native Mussel Populations in Virginia and Tennessee’s Powell River
Press Release (Partnership) October 20, 2016
First batch of mussels released with help of Lincoln Memorial University students.
Mussels Released to Help Grow Population
WBIR (Partnerships) October 06, 2016
Members of The Nature Conservancy and Lincoln Memorial University students released rare freshwater mussels into the Powell River in Claiborne County in an effort to keep the native species off the endangered list.
Spring Weather Dampens Woodpecker Season
Center for Conservation Biology (Forests) September 29, 2016
Despite low productivity during the breeding season, woodpeckers within Piney Grove Preserve continue to hold their own.
30 For 30
Virginia Natural Heritage Program (Partnerships) September 12, 2016
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the program he first led, TNC Virginia Executive Director Michael Lipford reflects on the Virginia Natural Heritage Program’s early years.
New Study Shows Significant Return on Virginia’s Investment in Land Conservation
Press Release (Conservation Lands) August 23, 2016
For every $1 invested in land conservation, $4 in natural goods and services is returned to Virginia economy.