Member Organizations

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American Bird Conservancy

Contact Person:
David Pashley
Phone Number: 540-253-5780
Email: dpashley@abcbirds.org
Website: www.abcbirds.org

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Organization Biograghy:

American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is a 501(c)(3), not-for profit organization whose mission is to conserve native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. ABC is the only U.S.-based group with a major focus on bird habitat conservation throughout the entire Americas. ABC acts across the full spectrum of threats to birds to safeguard the rarest bird species, restore habitats, and reduce threats, unifying and strengthening the bird conservation movement.

Environmental Studies on the Piedmont

Primary Contact Person:
Tom Wood, Director
Phone Number: 703-963-0866
Email: twood@gmu.edu

Secondary Contact Person:
Cindy Shea, Assistant Director
Phone Number: 540-349-3331
Email: cshea@envstudies.org

Website: http://www.envstudies.org

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Organization Biography:

We are a private research, education and conservation field station headquartered on 914 acres, placed in a conservation easement, just north of Warrenton, Virginia, in the Northern Piedmont, providing a rich resource for indigenous plant and wildlife studies.  Environmental Studies emphasizes conservation. We integrate nature with human activity and development needs so that natural resources are sustainably renewed instead of depleted. We believe this depends upon bringing scientists and the public together in partnership, by encouraging community participation in our research through hands-on education and volunteer programs.

Natural Resource Conservation Service

Primary Contact:
Chad Wentz, State Resource Conservationist
Phone:  804-287-1668
E-Mail: chad.wentz@va.usda.gov

Secondary Contact:
Galon Hall, State Biologist
Phone:  804-287-1669
E-mail:  galon.hall@va.usda.gov

Website:  http://www.va.nrcs.usda.gov/

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Organization Biography:

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is the primary federal agency that works with private landowners to protect natural resources.  In Virginia, NRCS works closely with 47 soil and water conservation districts and several state agencies to provide farmers and other landowners with technical expertise to meet their specific economic and environmental objectives. NRCS also provides financial assistance through several Farm Bill programs, which offer incentives to reduce erosion, improve air and water quality, preserve wetlands, enhance wildlife habitat, and protect farmland and grazing land from urban development.

Piedmont Environmental Council

Contact Person:
Kim Winter, PhD, Sustainable Habitat Program Manager
Phone Number: 540-347-2334 ext. 30
Email: kwinter@pecva.org

Website: http://www.pecva.org

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Organization Biograghy:  For almost 40 years, Piedmont Environmental Council has advocated smart growth, land and water conservation, sound energy production, and community empowerment for residents of the nine-county region of Virginia's northern Piedmont. 

Helping to conserve over 325,000 acres of land through conservation easements, PEC opened the Sustainable Habitat Program in 2010 to offer landowners opportunities to participate in the next logical step of land protection: restoration.  As leading partner in the Virginia Working Landscapes-Grasslands Group with land conservation officers serving every county, PEC directly assists landowners in restoring early successional landscapes that support native species of warm-season grasses and forbs, pollinators, and grassland-dependent birds such as bobwhite quail, meadowlarks, prairie warblers, and grasshopper sparrows.

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

 

Contact Person:
Bill McShea, PhD
Phone Number: 540-635-6563
Email: mcsheaw@si.edu

Website:
http://nationalzoo.si.edu/SCBI/

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Organization Biograghy:

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, which launched on January 25, 2010, serves as an umbrella for the Smithsonian’s global effort to conserve species and train future generations of conservationists. The SCBI is headquartered in Front Royal, Virginia, at the facility previously known as the National Zoo’s Conservation and Research Center.

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute facilitates and promotes research programs based at Front Royal, at the National Zoo in Washington, and at field-research and training sites around the world. Its efforts support one of the four main goals of the Smithsonian’s new strategic plan, which advances “understanding and sustaining a biodiverse planet.” 

Conservation biology is based on the premise that the conservation of biological diversity is important and benefits current and future human societies. National Zoo scientists (among the pioneers in the field of conservation biology) have long been leaders in the study, management, protection, and restoration of threatened species, ecological communities, habitats, and ecosystems.

As the benefits of conserving biodiversity become more commonly understood, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute will allow Smithsonian scientists to be recognized as leaders in developing ways to stem the loss of biodiversity and aid in the recovery of endangered species and habitats. The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Instituteconducts research to aid in the survival or recovery of species and their habitats, and to ensure the health and well-being of animals in captivity and in the wild.

Our scientists are world leaders in conservation biology who work all over the globe.

Virginia Native Plant Society

Primary Contact Person:
Sally Anderson, VNPS President
Phone Number: 540-722-3072
Email: rccsca@comcast.net

Secondary Contact Person:
Marjorie Prochaska, Piedmont Chapter President
Phone Number: 540-364-1029
Email: Fujinewgrand@aol.com

Website: www.vnps.org

Virginia Native Plant Society

Organization Biography:

Our organization was founded in 1982 as the Virginia Wildflower Preservation Society, became the Virginia Native Plant Society in 1989. It is a nonprofit organization of individuals who share an interest in Virginia’s native plants and habitats. The Society and its chapters seek to further the appreciation and conservation of this priceless heritage.

Virginia Outdoors Foundation

Contact: Andrea Reese, Stewardship Specialist
Phone: 540-347-7727 Ext 230
Email: areese@vofonline.org
Website: www.virginiaoutdoorsfoundation.org

Organization Biography:

Established in 1966, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation is Virginia's leader in land conservation, protecting about 600,000 acres of natural, scenic, historic, scientific, open-space and recreational areas across 105 counties and cities. Since 2000, VOF has preserved open space in Virginia at a rate of five acres every hour, primarily through open-space easements on privately owned lands.  Find your local VOF staff at http://vofonline.org/VOF_about-contactreg.php.