Preservation http://wvtf.org en The Graves of the Blue Ridge Parkway http://wvtf.org/post/graves-blue-ridge-parkway <p></p><p>There are about 70 graveyards along the Blue Ridge Parkway from around Roanoke south to the North Carolina border. Back in the 30s the state bought the land and “homeplaces” and then in turn donated it to the federal government for the parkway.</p><p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:59:01 +0000 Tab O'Neal 19247 at http://wvtf.org The Graves of the Blue Ridge Parkway Vanishing Way of Life on the Eastern Shore http://wvtf.org/post/vanishing-way-life-eastern-shore <p>Much is made of Maryland's Eastern Shore... but what about our own Eastern Shore, right here in Virginia?</p><p>As Rebecca Sheir&nbsp; tells us, the area has a rich and storied past... especially when it comes to a special chain of islands between the Virginia peninsula and the Atlantic Ocean.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:36:25 +0000 Rebecca Sheir 18395 at http://wvtf.org Vanishing Way of Life on the Eastern Shore The Future of Stadium Woods http://wvtf.org/post/future-stadium-woods <p>A 14-acre&nbsp; stand of trees on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg recently escaped destruction when the University agreed not to build an athletic practice facility on that spot.&nbsp;</p><p>Now a Virginia Senator wants to make protection of the parcel, known as Stadium Woods, permanent.</p><p></p><p>Senator John Edwards applauds Virginia Tech’s Board of Visitors for voting to save Stadium woods from development – for now. But he’s introduced a bill that would make protection permanent with a conservation easement on the land.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 18:34:05 +0000 Robbie Harris 15922 at http://wvtf.org The Future of Stadium Woods Stabilizing Threatened Species http://wvtf.org/post/stabilizing-threatened-species <p>December 2013 marked the 40<sup>th</sup> Birthday of the US Endangered Species Act …and in the decades since, many people have been working to get threatened species off the endangered list.</p><p>Scientists at Virginia Tech are making progress with a key species that helps keep area waterways alive and healthy.</p><p></p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 19:06:48 +0000 Robbie Harris 15296 at http://wvtf.org Stabilizing Threatened Species Dudley Mountain: Reconsidering the Gift http://wvtf.org/post/dudley-mountain-reconsidering-gift <p></p><p>With land in Central Virginia selling at a premium, you might expect a local government agency to gladly accept donations, but the Albemarle County Board has walked away from a gift of 410 acres – a historic and environmentally significant site called Dudley Mountain, along 29 South, facing the Piedmonts.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 21:34:05 +0000 Sandy Hausman 12887 at http://wvtf.org Dudley Mountain: Reconsidering the Gift