Category Archives: Landowners

Native Plant Rescue for Nelson Landowners on ACP Route

Native Plant Rescues for Landowners on the Proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline Route in Nelson County, June 2-3, 2018

Blackberry Botanicals (BB) in conjunction with United Plant Savers is in the process of coordinating several plant rescue operations due to the destruction imminent in the path of several fracked gas pipelines that are slated to come through West Virginia and Virginia. On June 2-3, 2018, they will meet with interested landowners to walk the proposed pipeline route located on their property to identify and mark native medicinal plants.

Once the plants have been identified and marked, we will organize several scheduled volunteer rescue days over the course of the summer. During these digs, native medicinal plants will be carefully and sustainably harvested from their current location and either planted on the landowners property (outside of the proposed pipeline route) or will be safely transplanted to another local plant sanctuary or to the United Plant Savers Sanctuary in Ohio.

A training session in Nelson County was recorded and is available on YouTube:  Part 1 and Part 2.

If you are a landowner and would like to participate in having plants saved or if you would like to be a volunteer please contact Sara Agelasto at

For more info on Blackberry Botanicals send email

Red and Minor Terry Come Down from Trees

Red and Minor Terry came down from their tree sits on May 5, 2018. Their courage has inspired the many others fighting the pipelines! [Video by Mara Robbins]

Take note of Red’s statement that “our Governor of Virginia needs to step up to the plate.” Call him often, send him a letter or a post card, and tell him to use his authority under the Clean Water Act to stop the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines. His number is 804-786-2211.

Red and Minor Terry announced they are going on tour around the Commonwealth this week. One stop: The Wednesday  May 9, 2018, annual Dominion shareholders meeting in Richmond.

The story was widely reported in the Washington Post and elsewhere.  The Blue Virginia story includes several other live videos.

New Videos from Water Is Life. Protect It.

“This Land is Your Land” invites you to take a closer look at the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast fracked gas pipelines and how their rigged and in some cases, illegal, permit process threatens our ability to own our own land. #StandwithRed One family farm is all family farms. This land is our land. This land is your land. Look at the facts, the robbery of the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast fracked gas pipelines and the threat they bring to the water of all Virginians and the right of all Virginians to own their own land.

Little Teel Crossing, also from Water Is Life. Protect It.

Hear the words of the Reilly family. THREE days until they defend themselves in court against MVP who is trying to force this destructive pipeline through their family farm .
Come out from far and near to show support and pack the courtroom this Friday at 11am in Roanoke (Poff Federal Courthouse)

ACP Impact Statements from Union Hill

Atlantic Coast Pipeline impact statements from members of the Union Hill community in Buckingham County. Dominion wants to put the sole Virginia ACP compressor station in the heart of this small historically Black community founded by descendants of freed slaves. Local residents see the pipeline company’s disregard for their community as part of an established history of environmental racism in Virginia.

New Tree Sit at Little Teel Crossing

A report from Carolyn and Ian Reilly about the new tree sit:

“In the farmlands of Franklin County, a new stand against the Mountain Valley Pipeline has begun. Three tree sits loom directly in the path of the pipeline’s destruction, making it impossible to clear the way without severely injuring the inhabitants of those trees. The sits tower over 75 feet off the ground of a small family farm’s livestock pasture, overlooking Little and Teel creeks, home to the endangered Roanoke Log Perch.

“The tree sits build upon two other blockades to construction- a stand one hundred miles West, on Peters Mountain, and twenty miles West, in Bent Mountain, VA. One tree sitter stated, “The other tree sits show us that there are still effective ways to interrupt the violence of this proposed pipeline. We are celebrating their spirit of resistance in the mountains and bringing it down to the farmlands, where so much remains at stake. The fire truly is catching.” Local farmers Ian and Carolyn Reilly have been fighting the pipeline for their family’s future and to protect the soil and water. Using restorative practices, the Reilly’s are stewards of the earth. Ian Reilly said, “Launching Little Teel Crossing is an act of protection for our family’s home, land and water. This farm has been free from chemicals for decades. As farmers seeking to renew the land, we intend to keep it that way.”

“MVP’s 125-foot limits of destruction cuts through several family farms in Franklin County—places where local beef, honey, poultry, and produce are cultivated. According to the Roanoke Times, Precision Pipeline, the company contracted to construct the MVP, has a history of environmental violations and lawsuits for construction of several other pipelines.”

For more information, follow the Little Teel Crossing Facebook page.