Environment/Conservation

Female bears as surrogate moms for orphan cubs proves successful

GPS radio-collars are linked to satellites that transmit location data to the biologists. Four of these females currently have approximately 10 month old cubs with them and three to four are expected to have cubs this winter. Using wild female bears as surrogate mothers for orphan cubs has been a successful practice in Virginia. Female bears are excellent mothers and will readily raise orphan cubs. […]

Environment/Conservation

Rappahannock County has worst recycling rate in state, says 2017 report

“Based on data from 117 local governments across the commonwealth, the state recycling rate is 42.8 percent, which continues the positive trend in Virginia’s recycling efforts,” the report states. In Rappahannock County, which has recycling centers in Washington and Amissville, the recycling rate was only 15.2 percent — 598 recycled tons — the lowest recycling percentage of all reporting communities in Virginia, regardless of population. […]

Environment/Conservation

Elk population growing in Virginia: How should it be managed?

The purpose of the plan is to provide strategic guidance for the management of elk that will be used by DGIF staff to manage elk into the future and is not intended to detail all strategies that will be used in that management. Please provide all comments to DGIF no later than Dec. 5, 2018. […]

Environment/Conservation

Seeds and serendipity

While there, the nice professor, Anneke DeLuyker, who has organized the screening, mentioned that Jane Goodall was on site and that if I wanted to stick around she would be speaking to a small group of students that evening. […]

Environment/Conservation

Conservation funds available to clean up Rappahannock streams

Stream fencing projects typically require a 35 foot stream buffer although a 10 foot buffer is an option also, with a reduction to 50 percent reimbursement. The tax credit applies for this option, too. The primary focus of the state program is the reduction of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment in streams of Rappahannock County and points downstream. […]

Environment/Conservation

National Park Service nominee knows Shenandoah, other Virginia landmarks

“I was pleased to hear that Mr. Vela understands the devastating effects this chronic underfunding can have on an already old and crumbling NPS infrastructure and has vowed to be a partner so we can work with the [Trump] administration to get this done,” said Senator Mark Warner. […]

Environment/Conservation

Online tree seedling store opens Nov. 1

The Virginia Department of Forestry’s (VDOF) online tree seedling store will open Thursday, Nov. 1, at 10 a.m. Orders may be placed online at buyvatrees.com or by calling 540-363-7000. If the online store opening is delayed, orders will still be accepted by phone beginning Nov. 1. […]

Environment/Conservation

Washington column for Aug. 30

The biggest hit of the evening was Harman’s spotting scope with a special attachment to allow everyone with a smart phone to get a closeup shot of the moon to send to friends. The waiting line was as long as any ride at Six Flags! Images of the full moon started showing up on social media almost immediately. People enjoyed the evening so much some stayed until after 11 p.m. […]

Environment/Conservation

Cleaning up the Chesapeake begins in Rappahannock

“For the past few months the Chesapeake Bay Foundation [CBF] has worked with Bean Hollow Grassfed farm in Flint Hill to pilot a solar-powered watering pump for livestock,” explains Kenny Fletcher, the foundation’s communications coordinator in Richmond. […]

Environment/Conservation

Honeybee losses reach 60 percent

To help bolster the honeybee population, VDACS is encouraging people to become new beekeepers and existing beekeepers to add to their existing hives. In addition, border plantings of bee-friendly plants around crop fields provides needed forage, particularly in hot, dry summer months. […]

Environment/Conservation

The ‘blue’ in the Blue Ridge Mountains

The Blue Ridge Mountains are every shade of green these waning days of May, what with all the rain of late in Rappahannock County. But it won’t be long until the sultry dog days of summer arrive, and with them the distinctive blue haze that gives these ancient mountains their famous name. […]

Environment/Conservation

Get down and dirty at Bean Hollow Grassfed

The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is sponsoring a learning experience right here in our own backyard — Bean Hollow Grassfed at Over Jordan Farm in Flint Hill — but be advised that online registration to participate closes this Monday, May 28. […]