Our Partners

Blue Ridge Discovery Center (BRDC), Konnarock, Virginia

This partnership is a natural one, and one built of brotherly love. Aaron Floyd directs BRDC with a mission and focus on the Blue Ridge Ecoregion, and Devin Floyd operates CUH with a mission and focus on the Piedmont Ecoregion. The Blue Ridge and Piedmont are unique natural, cultural, and geologic regions that share a common edge. BRDC and CUH share resources and expertise in a variety of ways in order to accomplish education and conservation in a broad region of Eastern North America.

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The Quarry Gardens at Schuyler, Schuyler, Virginia

Quarry Gardens (QG) contracts CUH for many services, including the design and installation of its gardens, education materials, mapping, exhibits, trails, stone walls, and biological assessments and monitoring. QG provides the support to conduct several experiments and research projects including plant community modeling and landscape design in challenging settings, and testing to find ideal blends for native lawns in the Piedmont. The partnership has resulted in one of the most amazing cultural resources in the region – a public native plant botanic garden that thrives on the harsh landscape of an abandoned soapstone quarry operation.

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Virginia Safe Wildlife Corridors Collaborative (VSWCC)

VSWCC partners are committed to protecting people and wildlife by reducing animal-vehicle conflicts and improving safe wildlife passage.
They do this by collaboratively identifying and implementing innovative solutions to address human safety, wildlife conservation, and habitat connectivity concerns. CUH furthers the mission of the partnership by taking action in the Central Virginia Piedmont with education outreach, volunteer coordination, and scientific investigation related to wildlife and roads. CUH’s most popular project related to wildlife road crossings is the Salamander tunnel project at Polo Grounds Road north of Charlottesville.

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Hummingbird Hill Native Plant Nursery, Crozet, Virginia.

CUH runs a sustainable local genotype seed collection program and provides seeds to Hummingbird Hill (HH). The seeds are grown at HH and are offered for sale to the general public at the HH nursery. HH also provides a large amount of wholesale plant material to CUH for its native landscaping projects. This partnership is increasing the amount and quality of native plant material that is used in local gardens. The effort supports biodiversity conservation by distributing local genotype native plants.

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Farfields Farm Native Nursery, Afton, Virginia

Farfields Farm (FF) contracts with CUH to prioritize native species lists and produce native plants for wholesale distribution in the Central Virginia Piedmont. CUH also provides research, technical writing, photography, and expertise on natural plant communities and their applications in the landscaping arena. FF contracts with CUH to educate its staff and community about local and regional biodiversity.

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Rivanna Chapter Master Naturalists, Central Virginia

Many of Center for Urban Habitat’s projects are approved volunteer projects for the Master Naturalist trainees. CUH benefits from this volunteer work force because it increases the capacity and outreach of CUH’s public projects. In return, CUH offers unique ecological training for budding naturalists in all areas of Piedmont Natural History, whether in a native plant garden, or during a presentation.

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Albemarle County Natural Heritage Committee, Central Virginia

In partnership with the Albemarle County Natural Heritage Committee, CUH provides expertise and volunteer staff to inventory and track important natural resources. In 2018 CUH will begin a monthly assessment of Albemarle County’s Important Biological Sites. CUH is occasionally contracted by Albemarle County to do landscape design and installation and biological survey.

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City of Charlottesville, Central Virginia.

Charlottesville Contracts CUH to do native landscape design and installation in the City and biological survey on City properties. CUH also provides expertise and significant volunteer effort to inventory and track natural resources and biodiversity in the city. In 2018 CUH launched a project called “A Natural History of Charlottesville” that will inventory and map all Biota, Geology, and Natural Communities (ecosystems) within city limits.

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The Natural Garden (TNG), Harrisonburg, Virginia

TNG provides native plants for several CUH projects. They provide expertise and equipment for meadow preparation and hardscaping projects. CUH shares its natural plant community expertise with TNG’s through consulting, assessments, and design. The partnership allows each of them to access a larger region with their respective native landscaping skills and services.

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The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF), Richmond, Virginia

DGIF contracts CUH to train landscaping professionals across the state of Virginia in the subjects of wildlife gardening, native plant community landscaping, and landscape design. CUH also provides support in tracking local wildlife through its biological surveys. New species records discovered during surveys are reported.

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Hirschman Water and Environmental, Charlottesville, Virginia

CUH works with Hirschman Water and Environmental on a variety of local and regional projects, including native plant applications in storm water treatments, ecological landscape assessments, and training for landscape professionals.

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Virginia Organizing, Charlottesville, Virginia

Virginia Organizing provides accounting, taxes, and donation transaction services for all CUH Education Department Projects. This functionally creates a non-profit arm for CUH in order to maximize the mission of the business (advancing biodiversity education and conservation). In return, CUH advances VO’s goal of improving quality of life for Virginia’s citizens through biodiversity education and conservation projects.

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