Projects

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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!

home_thumb_darkskiesDARK SKIES
October 29, 5:30 -8:00 PM
Starry Nights Event
See main page.

RLEP is working  to protect the night skies for present and  future generations.
Light pollution obscures the night sky.   We can still see the Milky Way in Rappahannock.  It can be a tourist attraction!  Not many places on the east coast can make that claim.  Light pollution also increases energy consumption, disrupts wildlife and actually makes it harder for us to see.
 RLEP is working with local businesses and residents to modify lights which shine up or out with more appropriate lighting solutions.  We have an agreement with Rappahannock Electric to replace unshielded pole lights for a modest fee.  
LEARN MORE: www.darksky.org

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

IMG_5319Most 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!