Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection

Preserving the natural resources and rural character of Rappahannock

PHIL IRWIN, RLEP FOUNDER
An interview about Rappahannock
(YouTube link)

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RAPPAHANNOCK GOES SOLAR.  An RLEP committee chaired by Larry Wohlers represented 39 Rappahannock residents to form a cooperative for 20% savings on top of the 30% Federal Tax Credit for solar installations. Read More

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TRASH FREE RAPPAHANNOCK

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A Hard Working Trash Free Crew
cleaned Rudasill Mill & Rock Mills Rds
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APRIL is Earth Month EVERY YEAR:  RLEP revived TRASH FREE RAPPAHANNOCK in 2016. Orange Vests and Bags were available all over the county for roadside cleanup, plus free pickup by VDOT.  READ MORE

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RAPPAHANNOCK WEATHER STATIONS

Syncing on-line.

RLEP purchased three Davis weather stations (our goal is 7) to augment Sunnyside’s station. These will record and collate local rain and temperatures and transmit the data to RLEP for a permanent record of Rappahannock weather.. . not what happened at Culpeper or Dulles!  

 

*INVASIVE PLANTS ON THE RUN!*

RLEP supports BLUE RIDGE PRISM which received a significant award for eradication of certain invasive plant species throughout the region.    READ MORE...

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Native Plants = Native Insects
 = Native Birds
Broaden YOUR native plant species!

What's Up
 Rose Breasted Grosbeak

 

Grouse
Ruffed Grouse

 

Sail AwayThe Good Ship SPIDER

 

 

 

RLEP supports Rappahannock Nature Camp

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Camper Scholarships to Camp Vesuvius

SAVE RAPPAHANNOCK'S STARS!

COMING THIS WEEKEND!!

GREG REDFERN will be at Great Meadows for a presentation on the James Webb Telescope on Friday, August 18…this should be as interesting as the forum below!  Other celestial programs will take place through the 21st and the Eclipse.  Check Shenandoah National Park events calendar.

RLEP and NASA Solar System Ambassador Greg Redfern presented a lively and colorful power point tour of the Universe and our Milky Way Galaxy to 276 people in the Castleton Theatre Festival Building.  This was in support of RLEP’s efforts to preserve Rappahannock’s night skies and the Shenandoah National Park’s desire to be designated a “Dark Skies Certified Park”.

This event was FREE. Contact Kaye@KohlerRealtors.com for upcoming events.  Also see our events section below.

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 North America is awash in light as evidenced below.  RLEP will financially help down-shield lights to maintain our Starry Nights, extremely rare in the East!  We can actually see the Milky Way from Rappahannock.  Let’s keep it that way, and use it as a tourist attraction!  POWER POINT

RLEP EVENTS

2017 Upcoming!  A Stroll for the Soul begins this year with walks through Native Plant venues and other inspiring natural elements, possibly to include a picnic.  Watch for scheduling!  This will be fun with great information on how you can grow native plants to support native butterflies, bees and insects the native song birds depend on to feed their young!

2017  On-Going! Down-shielding outdoor lights (voluntarily) is a current project to preserve everyone’s view of the stars so beautiful over Rappahannock.  RLEP and REC (Rappahannock Electric Cooperative) have teamed and RLEP will financially assist those desirous of making their REC pole lights more “Star Friendly”.

May 27, 2017: : NASA Solar Ambassador Greg Redfern presented a lively and colorful tour of the Universe in the Castleton Theatre Festival Building in support of Rappahannock’s night skies and the Shenandoah National Park’s desire to be designated a “Dark Skies Certified Park”. FREE to the public.  280 people attended this amazing event.

2016 Solar Cooperative: RLEP took 39 local homes solar by contracting in bulk and soliciting low cost bids to augment the 30% federal tax credit. A new cooperative has formed to continue the project in 2017-18.  Call for details.

2016 Starry Nights kicked off last October with three astronomers, two large telescopes, night star photography lessons and other exhibits. 

The Andromeda Galaxy, the Boy Scout star (actually two stars, one blue and one gold which make up the head of the Swan in the constellation Cignus), many constellations and millions of stars were on fine display.

2015: Butterfly Trail Bridge was built for the Town of Washington in support of native plants, insects and birds.

EVERY YEAR

RLEP provides Scholarships for local children to Camp Vesuvius (A two week Garden Clubs of VA project)

RLEP supports Rappahannock Nature Camp.

Science News Magazine is supplied to the High School

Seminars and Forums on everything from Native Plants to Invasive Species to Night Skies to Ticks!

Monitoring of the State Legislature and local Board of Supervisors with Actions taken as may be appropriate for Environmental concerns.

RLEP Representation is always present at the Board of Supervisor and Planning Commission Meetings.

 We invite you to join us in the preservation of Rappahannock County, a special place, … not achieved by accident!  We owe it to ourselves and future generations to be proper stewards of our beautiful environment.