Evan Visconti

Evan Visconti

Evan is a freelance journalist and photographer, covering environmental news. Originally from Tully, New York, he graduated from Loyola University Maryland in 2019 and then earned his master's degree in journalism from Emerson College in 2020. He has reported on stories including offshore wind energy, dairy farming, and tribal land conservation. Contact him at [email protected].

Data and funds made available in Va. to improve tree cover in the Chesapeake Bay watershed

By: - September 11, 2023

A collaboration between researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey, University of Vermont and Chesapeake Conservancy has determined the Chesapeake Bay watershed is rapidly losing tree cover to expanding urban and suburban development. By analyzing high-resolution satellite imagery between 2013 and 2018, the Chesapeake Bay Program Land Use and Land Cover Data Project publicly tracked for […]

The Conservation Fund acquires 1,000-acre Fones Cliffs property at auction for $8.1M

By: - December 9, 2022

The Conservation Fund announced Friday it has acquired nearly 1,000 acres along the Rappahannock River in Richmond County to protect the largest remaining unconserved portion of Fones Cliffs.  “These are iconic, 80- to 100-feet-tall cliffs in some places,” said Bryan Hofmann, deputy director of Friends of the Rappahannock, a regional nonprofit conservation group. “Folks like […]

Tribes awarded state grants for the first time to conserve Va. forestland 

By: - November 22, 2022

In a mission to gain back lands lost since Capt. John Smith’s first expeditions throughout the Chesapeake Bay in 1608, state and federally recognized Indigenous tribes are tapping into state funds.  Last week, two tribes were awarded grants directly from the Virginia Land Conservation Fund (VLCF) to acquire and preserve forestlands for the first time. […]

Officials got rid of an abandoned road culvert. Now migrating fish can swim freely.

By: - October 24, 2022

Flowerdew Hundred Creek weaves through a forested landscape in Prince George County on the south bank of the James River. Surrounded by land often examined by archaeologists due to its rich cultural history, the creek contains a story of its own that wildlife officials are working to preserve.  Earlier this year, officials took steps to […]

The Richmond Department of Veterans Affairs is scaling down its research on laboratory dogs 

By: - June 27, 2022

The Department of Veterans Affairs is about halfway through its congressionally mandated five-year plan to eliminate or reduce the use of canines, felines and non-human primates in biomedical research.  Two approved experiments, or protocols, on canines were still active in March at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Medical Center in Richmond, according to Freedom of Information […]

Guiding principles released for Chesapeake National Recreation Area

By: - June 23, 2022

Last week, two federal lawmakers from Maryland announced 10 key principles that will guide legislation for the proposed Chesapeake National Recreation Area, a designation that would provide National Park System status to several sites around the Chesapeake Bay.  The National Park Service would partner with states, localities and private entities to establish a voluntary collection […]

Development and poaching erasing years of work to protect wood turtles in Virginia

By: - May 23, 2022

Human development and poaching are erasing years of conservation work to protect wood turtles in Virginia  Scientists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute are searching for the few remaining wood turtles still found east of the Blue Ridge Mountains, but low population densities combined with the cryptic behavior of wood turtles makes finding them a […]

Gill lice detected for first time in Virginia trout

By: - April 19, 2022

Native brook trout in Virginia appear to be out of harm’s way when it comes to the recent detection of a nasty aquatic parasite called gill lice in Southwest Virginia.  Biologists from the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources sent samples of gill lice found on rainbow trout in Blue Springs Creek in Smyth and Wythe […]

Rappahannock Tribe celebrates return of Fones Cliffs acreage

By: - April 4, 2022

Some dreams take generations to accomplish, as was the case when the Rappahannock Tribe celebrated the return of more than 400 acres of their tribal homeland Friday. The tribe has endured centuries of displacement stemming back to 1608 when English explorer John Smith made his first voyage up the Rappahannock River. “We know that the […]

How does Virginia fit into a national effort to conserve 30 percent of lands and waters by 2030?

By: - November 30, 2021

Is the pump primed for more federal funding of conservation initiatives in Virginia? President Joe Biden’s administration, in alignment with United Nations climate goals, set the bar high in its America the Beautiful initiative with a challenge to conserve 30 percent of the nation’s lands and waters by 2030, but “it’s too early here to […]

Scientists work to catch up with Va.’s endangered and threatened species before it’s too late

By: - October 20, 2021

Following an announcement in September from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that 23 species should be declared extinct, Virginia’s environmental scientists are feeling the pressure to learn more about the commonwealth’s endangered and threatened species so they can be protected.  “That list really highlights that extinction is not just a down-the-road possibility; it’s a […]

Va. Native American tribes acquiring more lands for cultural and environmental preservation

By: - September 9, 2021

Over the past three years, the Chickahominy Tribe in Charles City County received nearly $7 million in state funding to acquire and preserve tribal lands, staving off development and improving water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  The current plan for the $3.5 million provided by the General Assembly this year is to purchase more […]