Environment

Rivanna Master Naturalist trainees explore an Albemarle County stream. The 40-hour Master Naturalist course offers instruction in a wide range of ecological and environmental topics. Photo: Ida Swenson

Rivanna Master Naturalists gear up for 2014 training

Starting in February, two dozen locals will give their Tuesday nights over to the study of rocks, plants, and birds—and together will pledge to devote nearly 1,000 hours annually to environmental study and education. They’ll be 2014’s class of Rivanna Master Naturalists, the newest members of a statewide corps of highly trained volunteers. Charlottesville is […]

Local fruit trees make great gifts for the gardeners in your life—and winter is the perfect time to plant them. File photo.

Gifts for green thumbs

Gardeners can be a fussy and opinionated lot, which makes them hard to shop for. As Christmas approaches, here are some gift ideas for the gardener in your life. Fruit trees. Winter is the best time to plant fruit trees. Because the trees are dormant, their chances of survival and getting well established increase dramatically. […]

Arrowhead Farm is set to become a nature preserve thanks to a partnership between Albemarle County and the Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary. Photo: Elli Williams.

Once-rejected Arrowhead Farm set to become county nature preserve

Albemarle County officials have accepted a 410-acre land gift they initially rejected, approving a plan to partner with a local nonprofit that will maintain the new southern Albemarle park as a nature preserve and a site to release rehabilitated wildlife. “We’re very, very pleased that the land will be secure under a government agency,” said […]