RLEP sponsors or co-sponsors a wide range of environmental, educational, and historic preservation activities within the county. Please JOIN US
Your membership is welcomed!
See page ‘Our Work/Dark Skies’
SOLAR: See our page on Rappahannock going solar. This was a fantastically successful cooperative helping many Rappahannock citizens go solar. WE might repeat this if enough are interested!
BIODIVERSITY AND NATIVE SPECIES
Most of us live in Rappahannock County because it offers gorgeous scenery and a quiet, rural way of life. But we also love the county because it gives us the opportunity to be in close touch with nature. While poison ivy and hordes of ladybugs and stink bugs may be the price we pay, we willingly do so to see bald eagles fishing the local rivers, bears eating berries along the trails we hike, and trillium and dogwood blooming in our woodlands in the spring. We enjoy the fact that nature is, literally, abundantly at our door.
While we enjoy our native species in Rappahannock, just what do we know about them? Which are native to the county? Which species are plentiful and which are threatened with extinction? What can we do to maintain species diversity in Rappahannock? How should we deal with invading species that are not native? RLEP has formed the Biodiversity Task Force to explore these questions.
Board member Sam Quinn is an expert on native plants and the control of invasive species and has hosted forums for RLEP on Creation of Meadows, Creation of Hedgerows for Birds, Forest Management and more.
If you would like more information or would like to join us, please contact us. No matter what your interest in native species, we’d like your input and participation.
The Blue Ridge PRISM looks to be a great adjunct to eliminating non-native plant species from Rappahannock. Stay tuned!