Rapidan Wildlife Habitat Cooperative

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Virginia’s quail and pollinator insect populations have suffered significant declines in recent years due to loss of habitat. For terrestrial species, such as box turtles, habitat loss is compounded when their habitat is fragmented by roads. While creation and preservation of habitats needed by these species at any scale is helpful, for quail and box turtle, large patches of habitat are needed to maintain breeding populations. This presents a problem in areas like the East Coast, where the average land holdings are smaller than breeding habitat requirements. The proposed solution is to connect separate parcels into a “quilt” of parcels (as shown below) with the habitat needed by these species.

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A 10-20 square mile area with interconnected quail, pollinator, and box turtle habitat sufficient for breeding populations of those species that reside in the area


The Mission of the Cooperative is to restore local wildlife habitat through landowner partnerships that provide multiple returns on investment.
• Financial
• Human Health
• Aesthetic
• Environmental Health
• Efficient Access to Resources
• Fellowship

The Cooperative

The Rapidan Wildlife Habitat Cooperative is an organization of member landowners in a 20 square mile area centered over the Rapidan River north of the Town of Orange that work together to achieve breeding populations of wildlife species. Like a traditional agricultural producer cooperative, but focused not on crop services, the Cooperative will provide members with a wide variety of habitat establishment and maintenance services at competitive prices.

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