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WOYM: Flames helped bring a rare plant back from the brink in Giles County
The Roanoke Times (Conservation Lands) December 10, 2017

This “What’s on your mind?” column focuses on the near extinction and return of the Peters Mountain Mallow plant, which was saved by The Nature Conservancy and its partners through the use of controlled burning. Land Steward Sam Truslow was interviewed for the piece and talked about the area’s fire regime and increasing public awareness.


Commission declines to adopt new menhaden management plan
The Dover Post (Fisheries) December 4, 2017

Acting Mid-Atlantic Marine Program Director Kate Wilke talks about the results of the recent ASMFC vote on menhaden management.


Prescribed burn scheduled
The Recorder (Conservation Lands) November 30, 2017

A notice about a prescribed burn near George Washington National Forest ran in The Recorder and mentioned that the burn was being conducted by the Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy. The notice contained information about how burns are conducted safely and predictions for how the burn would proceed over the designated area.
 


Yes, Virginia, there's a river that might stand up to sea level rise
The Virginian-Pilot (Climate Change) November 27, 2017

Writer Dave Mayfield explores the North Landing River with the Conservancy's Brian van Eerden.  Of 10,736 marshy areas evaluated from Maine to Virginia, the North Landing finished among the top 10 “coastal strongholds.” No other site among those select few has more adjacent acreage for marshes and the swampy shrub and forest habitats behind them to tiptoe.


Clarkson: Saluting a leader in preserving Virginia's natural resources
Richmond Times-Dispatch (Leadership) November 25, 2017

Tayloe Murphy, former state delegate and secretary of natural resources under Gov. Mark Warner, and his wife, Helen, were recently recognized by the Virginia Department of Forestry as Century Forest landowners.  Helen Murphy has served on the board of The Nature Conservancy.


Opinion: Western wildfires hurt Virginia, too, but Congress can help
The Roanoke Times (Forests) November 22, 2017

The op-ed highlights the need for additional funding from Congress to battle wildfires and to preserve the budgets of federal agencies from whom the money to fight those fires is usually pulled.


Menhaden catch limit raised along Atlantic coast, slashed in Bay
Bay Journal (Fisheries) November 20, 2017

The Conservancy's Mid-Atlantic Marine Program Director Kate Wilke was interviewed by the Bay Journal about the ASMFC vote to increase the menhaden catch limit along the east coast, while decreasing it in the Chesapeake Bay.


Nature Virginia Winter 2017
Nature Conservancy magazine (Conservation Lands) November 16, 2017

Celebrating Virginia's public lands and waters.


New Reef Project Aims to Boost Virginia Shore Oysters
Delmarva Now (Marine Restoration) November 15, 2017

The Nature Conservancy and the Virginia Marine Resources Commission are collaborating to build 3 acres of oyster reef offshore near Oyster, Virginia.


Governor-elect Northam announces transition team
WDBJ (Leadership) November 15, 2017

Governor-elect Ralph Northam announced the appointment of The Nature Conservancy’s Nikki Rover, Associate State Director of External Affairs, to his transition team. The Conservancy’s Missy Neff, Virginia Director of Government Relations, was also appointed as chair of the Agriculture and Forestry Council for the transition.


The California Effect
Nature Conservancy magazine (Climate) November 13, 2017

With the U.S. government backing away from climate commitments, states - including Virginia and the Clinch Valley's Conservation Forestry Program - are now taking the lead.


Future of Menhaden Management to be Decided this Week
The Baltimore Sun (Fisheries) November 10, 2017

Menhaden are considered the most important forage fish species in the Atlantic coast. Fisheries regulators are scheduled to meet in Baltimore Monday and Tuesday to decide how to manage menhaden fisheries along the East Coast.


The Nature Conservancy Believes Upcoming Menhaden Vote Can Benefit Both People and Wildlife
Press Release (Fisheries) November 8, 2017

The Nature Conservancy, along with many scientists, fishermen and other organizations, are urging the ASMFC to establish a new management approach that accounts for marine wildlife forage needs when menhaden harvest limits are set each year.


Governor McAuliffe Announces November as Virginia Oyster Month
Press Release (Marine Restoration) November 6, 2017

In addition to being an important environmental contributor, the oyster industry has become a burgeoning and vital part of Virginia’s tourism economy, as well.


New study helps land managers identify “coastal strongholds” in Virginia to protect people and nature from rising sea levels
Press Release (Climate Resilience) November 2, 2017

The findings of this study, conducted by The Nature Conservancy and funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, can help Virginia plan for and adapt to growing threats to coastal communities.


Women on Fire, Lighting up a New Path
Wildfire Magazine (Leadership) November 1, 2017

Wildfire Magazine’s Amanda Stamper wrote an article about the Women-in-Fire Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (WTREX) that took place in Northern California and included staff from several Conservancy state chapters. Among the participants were Nikole Simmons and Laurel Schablein from the Allegheny Highlands program, who helped start the program through outreach to the Fire Learning Network.


Study identifies bottlenecks in early seagrass growth
Nature magazine (Ocean and Coasts) November 1, 2017

A study published in Scientific Reports describes how international researchers are using the success of eelgrass restoration on Virginia’s Eastern Shore to develop a similar seeding approach in Australia.


DuPont funds help expand Stuarts Draft preserve
The News Virginian (Conservation Lands) October 31, 2017

The Nature Conservancy was a partner in the recent expansion of Cowbane Prairie Natural Area Preserve. The 84-acre acquisition more than doubles the size of the existing preserve.


Governor McAuliffe Announces 84-Acre Expansion to Cowbane Prairie Natural Area Preserve
Press Release (Conservation Lands) October 31, 2017

The acquisition, which more than doubles the size of the existing preserve, is the first project supported with funds from last year’s settlement with DuPont over longstanding mercury contamination from its former Waynesboro facility.


The Nature Conservancy and Virginia Marine Resources Commission to Collaborate on Eastern Shore Oyster Restoration
Press Release (Partnerships) October 27, 2017

Three acres of new oyster reef will be constructed offshore from the village of Oyster on the Eastern Shore.  The partnership between the Conservancy and VMRC will expand the existing Hillcrest oyster sanctuary and build a new reef that will eventually be open to public harvesting.


Cumberland Marsh Beckons Birds and Birders Alike
Bay Journal (Conservation Lands) October 23, 2017

Writer Leslie Middleton explores the Conservancy's Cumberland Marsh Preserve, an Audubon Society designated Important Bird Area along the Pamunkey River.


Richmond-Area Breweries to Participate in OktoberForest
Style Weekly (Forests) October 19, 2017

Richmond's Style Weekly highlights the Conservancy's OktoberForest campaign and participation by brewers in the capital region.


Clinch River Mussel Pulled Back from the Brink of Extinction
US Fish & Wildlife Service (Rivers and Streams) October 16, 2017

A collaboration with scientists in Kentucky is helping to return the rare golden riffleshell mussel to southwest Virginia's Clinch River.


Smithsonian Exhibit Examining Water as a Critical Resource Comes to Virginia Shore
Delmarva Now (Coastal Resilience) October 12, 2017

Writer Clara Vaughn visits the “Water/Ways” exhibit at the Cape Charles Museum and Welcome Center.  TNC’s Virginia Coast Reserve contributed content to this traveling Smithsonian exhibit that includes a display detailing TNC’s work in the area and a station where visitors can try out the Living Shoreline Explorer app, part of the Coastal Resilience Tool.


Inaugural 'Paint the Shore' Event for Conservation Coming to Virginia Shore
Delmarva Now (Community) October 12, 2017

Artists capture the Eastern Shore’s unspoiled scenes, painting on privately and publicly protected lands - including the Conservancy's Brownsville Preserve - during the three day event. 


Appalachia's Newest State Park
Blue Ridge Outdoors (Rivers and Streams) October 10, 2017

Once completed, Clinch River State Park will have a “string of pearls” configuration - a network of properties spanning the river’s 100-plus miles that will protect habitat for rare wildlife, facilitate multi-day float trips, and link visitors to nearby downtowns.


BAPS Charities Donates $165,000 to The Nature Conservancy to Plant 100,000 Trees
Press Release (Forests) October 10, 2017

BAPS Charities supported the Conservancy's Plant a Billion Trees initiative through its Walk Green walkathons in cities across the country, including walks in Richmond, Virginia Beach, and Fairfax County.


Funding of $720K Going Toward Preserving Nature on Virginia Shore 
Delmarva Now (Conservation Lands) October 4, 2017

Governor McAullife announced that $4.23 million in grants from the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation are going towards conservation projects on the Eastern Shore, including money for The Nature Conservancy to purchase a 127-acre property near Onancock Creek.  This article about the announcement mentions that the property will become the “Catharine M. Grey” preserve, and allow hunting, year-round fishing, kayaking, hiking, and environmental education. 


2017 OktoberForest Campaign Underway in Virginia 
Press Release (Forests) October 1, 2017

14 breweries in Virginia partner with The Nature Conservancy to highlight the importance of forests in protecting clean water - beer's main ingredient. 


The Nature Conservancy Celebrates Virginia Public Lands Day with Events Around the State
Press Release (Public Lands) September 27, 2017

In recognition of Virginia Public Lands Day on September 30, 2017, The Nature Conservancy is joining with state partners to cohost a series of special events all over Virginia, included guided hikes, paddle trips, and volunteer cleanups.


Holy smoke! Sometimes a fire is just what a forest needs
Bay Journal (Conservation Lands) September 25, 2017

The Conservancy's Sam Lindblom talks about the role of fire on the landscape and our efforts to replicate a natural process that helps restore our healthy forests.


VIMS Team Helps Show How to Study Barrier Islands from Land, Sea and Air
The Daily Press (Oceans and Coasts) September 23, 2017

The Daily Press covered VA Governor McAuliffe’s visit to a new state drone facility on the Eastern Shore where VIMS scientists are using the technology to study how the barrier islands evolve and shift. The Nature Conservancy is mentioned as a partner in the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Resilience Institute, which hosted the event.


Preserving Life on a Sand Bar
Video (Oceans and Coasts) September 21, 2017

In this video, see how UVA's Virginia Coast Reserve Long Term Ecological Research program is working with The Nature Conservancy to help control coastal erosion on the Virginia Eastern Shore using living shorelines.


Coalfields Counties, Towns Along the Clinch River Embrace Potential of Recreation, Tourism
The Roanoke Times (Public Lands) September 16, 2017

Writer Carmen Furman looks at collaborative community efforts in the Clinch Valley to enhance economic opportunities and reinvent the area as a recreation destination, while protecting water quality and biodiversity in the Clinch River.


Virginia Public Lands Day About Celebrating Outdoor Spaces Big and Small
Richmond Times-Dispatch (Public Lands) September 16, 2017

Writer Tee Clarkson explores the inaugural Virginia Public Lands Day, a celebration of the commonwealth's public lands and outdoor spaces.


Give Back To The Great Outdoors: Where To Celebrate Virginia Public Lands Day
Virginia.org (Public Lands) September 15, 2017

This blog, co-authored by the Conservancy's Daniel White, highlights four events sponsored by The Nature Conservancy to celebrate the first Virginia Public Lands Day.


Funding Now Available to Improve Clinch-Powell Water Quality
Press Release (Rivers & Lakes) September 14, 2017

Farmers in Lee, Scott, and Russell counties can now apply for funding through USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) to install conservation practices that will enhance agricultural productivity while also improving local water quality in priority Clinch-Powell Watersheds.


Conservation lands add $230M to Virginia Shore economy, study says
NorthJersey.com (Conservation Lands) August 30, 2017

The study evaluated the impact of land conservation on the economy of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. The results showed that land conservation has a significant positive effect on the local economy, providing more than $230 million in economic activity in 2015.


New William & Mary Student Helps with Eelgrass Restoration Efforts
William & Mary News (Oceans and Coasts) August 24, 2017

Interning with the Virginia chapter of the Nature Conservancy in its ongoing partnership with William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science was more than a way for Kate Dean-McKinney '21 to fulfill her high school graduation requirements.


NFWF Announces $5.5 Million in Grants for Longleaf Pine Forest and Ecosystems Across the Southeast
Press Release (Conservation Lands) August 15, 2017

The Nature Conservancy worked with our partners at the Virginia Department of Forestry to compete for and receive $150,000 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to support the restoration of the longleaf pine ecosystem in Virginia.


You’ll Want to Explore These Hidden Barrier Islands Off the Mid-Atlantic Coast
Washingtonian (Oceans and Coasts) August 7, 2017

Writer Brennen Jensen documents his visit to Cedar Island in the August 2017 issue of Washingtonian magazine.


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.


Island Time
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.


Nearly Extinct Woodpecker Gets Reprieve In Virginia
WCVE (Endangered Species) July 13, 2017

This piece covering the hatching of woodpecker chicks in the Great Dismal Swamp also quotes Virginia Pinelands Program Director Brian Van Eerden about the Conservancy's role in bringing the birds back from the brink of extirpation in the state at the Piney Grove Preserve.


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.


Oysters Making Themselves at Home on Reefs with Alternative Substrate
Bay Journal (Oceans and Coasts) July 05, 2017

The Bay Journal included the Piankatank oyster reef project in a larger piece about the opposition of Maryland watermen to the use of alternative substrates in growing oysters.  The Piankatank project was cited as an example of how Virginia is becoming a leader in oyster restoration innovation in the Chesapeake Bay.


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.


Shifting Sands
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.

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