Conservation Retreat

Our Annual Conservation Retreat

Since 2009, the Education Fund has hosted state legislators on Conservation Retreats. These Retreats are opportunities for Virginia’s decision makers to see first-hand how state policies they enact impact our communities, our environment and our economy.

PI_077For example, Virginia’s Natural Resources Commitment Fund (established by the General Assembly in 2008 through House Bill 1335) supports farmers as they protect local streams by reducing runoff from their land. Standing next to a stream on a farm with a farmer is a great way for legislators to understand the positive impacts of House Bill 1335.

Our Conservation Retreats provide legislators with unique opportunities to discuss and explore the values of Virginia’s environment and the best ways to preserve it. In the past we have visited Tangier Island, historic Carter Hall and James Madison’s Montpelier. Our 2013 Conservation Retreat was co-hosted by Friends of the Rappahannock and we were able to spend a lovely day on the banks of the Rappahannock River.

You can see this year’s photos as well as photos from our 2012 Conservation Retreat held at The Center for the Constitution at James Madison’s Montpelier and photos from our 2011 Retreat held at historic Carter Hall in Clarke County.

Thanks to the Campbell Foundation and Agua Fund for their continued support of our annual Retreat.

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