The Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection

Dedicated to preserving the natural resources and rural character of Rappahannock

The Solar Energy Coop

Rappahannock goes SOLAR.  An RLEP committee chaired by Larry Wohlers found a way for residents of Rappahannock County to form a cooperative for big savings on solar installations. Read More

 

 A Rappahannock Sunrise

A Rappahannock Sunrise

 

The Pollinator

The Pollinator

 

Grouse

Ruffed Grouse

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A Hard Working Crew supporting Trash Free Rappahannock by de-littering Rudasill Mill & Rock Mills Rds!

ALL OF APRIL is Earth Month:  Participate in TRASH FREE RAPPAHANNOCK.  See Events in upper menu for more information.  Orange Vests and Bags are Available FREE all over the county for roadside Trash cleanup.  VDOT will pick up the bags!  READ MORE

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RLEP Supports the cultivation and spread of NATIVE PLANTS

Our Friend Janet Davis grows Native Plants and will have an Open House at her Hill House Nursery on May 28, 9AM – 4PM.  Other exhibitors will be in attendance.  Trees, shrubs and perrenials are offered.                        631 Scrabble Road, Castleton, VA 22716   Tel:  540-937-1798   www.hillhousenursery.com

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DARK or ‘Starry” SKIES

Paul Bogard, Author of “The End Of Night”

See notice under EVENTS in top menu
The Theatre in Washington, VA   
April 22 ~ 7:00 PM

RLEP is preserving our night view of the Milky Way and the mountain-scapes by introducing a Dark Skies Initiative for the county. Read More

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DARK SKIES = STARRY NIGHTS

Will Rappahannock’s Stars remain?
AS YOU CAN SEE, North America is awash in light, particularly the east coast.  RLEP will financially help the county and individuals down-shield their lights to maintain our Dark Skies/Starry Nights, so rare now in the east.  One can still see the Milky Way on certain night in Rappahannock.  LET’S KEEP IT THAT WAY!  See this fantastic website:  http://starlight2007.net/   Starlight will not only benefit the natural beauty of the county and the health of native species, it can serve as a tourist attraction, complimenting our Comprehensive Plan’s goal of Agriculture and Tourism.
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Our Rappahannock Night Light

WEATHER STATIONS are syncing on-line in Rappahannock County!
Interested in Science?  To date, RLEP has purchased three Davis weather stations (our goal is 7) to record and collate local rain and temperatures.  There are now 4 up and running in the county.   We will soon have a link set up so you can see exact rainfall and temperatures in your part of Rappahannock County, not what is happening in Culpeper or Dulles.  Read More
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Invasive Plants – Beware

The BLUE RIDGE PRISM has received a large grant for eradication of certain invasive plant species throughout the region.  Sam Quinn is on the RLEP Board and deeply involved with this effort which will offer grants for the removal of these noxious and invasive non-native species.   The KEY to this program will be replanting with Native species, otherwise the effort will be wasted. Sam is the resident biologist at Sunnyside Farm and knows plenty about the removal of invasive plant species and the creation of native plant meadows, bogs and hedgerows.  Meadows provide an ecosystem for pollinators and small mammals, plus they are stunningly beautiful.  Bogs create habitat for salamanders and other endangered species.  Hedgerows provide cover and food for native birds. MORE TO COME.    JOINUS!     Photos by Kaye Kohler

Sail Away

The Good Ship “Spider”

Photos by Kaye Kohler