Author: kelley@vcnva.org

Registration Now Open for 2017 Virginia Environmental Assembly

We are excited to announce that registration for the 2017 Virginia Environmental Assembly has officially opened! Bringing together conservation leaders from across the Commonwealth, this event provides a forum for discussion on key environmental issues, as well as an opportunity to strategize about the best ways to tackle threats to our natural environment. This year’s keynote speaker

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Coalition of 80+ Implores Governor and DEQ to Protect Virginia Waters

The Southern Environmental Law Center, Shenandoah Valley Network, Virginia Conservation Network and more than 75 other environmental, conservation, and public advocacy groups that represent tens of thousands of Virginians have signed on to a letter urging the Commonwealth to require individual 401 certification review for wetland and stream crossings in the paths of the Mountain Valley and

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General Assembly Update – Week Four

This has been a big week for conservation in the Virginia General Assembly. Bills on coal ash, fracking, and renewable energy were all up, in addition to a bill on redistricting reform. Virginia Conservation Network took positions on three new bills and eight new budget items. As we approach crossover next week, it’s critical that Virginia’s conservation community

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General Assembly Update – Week Three

This past Monday, January 23rd, over 200 conservation organizations and activists joined together in Richmond to participate in Virginia Conservation Network’s largest Conservation Lobby Day in recent history. Nearly 100 meetings were held with state legislators and aides urging them to support environmental policy advancements. Priority issues that participants brought up with their legislators included:

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200 Conservationists Join VCN’s Largest Lobby Day Yet!

We are proud to report that on Monday, January 23rd, Virginia Conservation Network (VCN) hosted its largest Conservation Lobby Day in recent history. Over 200 conservation organizations and activists from across the Commonwealth joined together in Richmond to hold nearly 100 meetings with their state legislators and urge them to support environmental policy advancements. Bi-Partisan

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Virginia General Assembly – Week Two

Finishing out the second week of the 2017 Virginia General Assembly, Virginia Conservation Network has taken 39 new bill positions, totaling 59 so far. Updates from the General Assembly Good news: Bill to cut Virginia land conservation funding tabled in subcommittee! Yes, you read that right—HB1470 was tabled in subcommittee! This bill that would have cut the

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Virginia General Assembly Update – Week One

Today, we are wrapping up the first of six weeks that make up the 2017 Virginia General Assembly session. Each January, our elected legislators convene in the Capitol to introduce, debate, and vote on potential policy change. To keep Network Partners and conservation supporters informed how these debates may influence our air, water, landscapes, and

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VCN Welcomes New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Virginia Conservation Network is pleased to announce that Mary Rafferty will be joining VCN as its Executive Director. Mary has spent the last nine years working with nonprofits to advance conservation policies—she brings with her a wealth of advocacy and management experience. Regarding the opportunity to serve as VCN’s

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What We Do | Why We Do It

“Virginia is important, whether it’s clean water, climate, or wildlife. And a lot of what they do does affect the entire mid-Atlantic region, if not the entire country.” – Collin O’Mara, NWF President From the gentle gurgle of the Chesapeake Bay to the mesmerizing hue softly hugging the Blue Ridge Mountains—it’s no surprise that Virginia

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