PWCA

Prince William Conservation Alliance
Inspiring action and working together to create sustainable communities for all.

 

Blueprint mapKeep the Green: Lower Taxes, Less Traffic, More Trees

A Community Conversation on the Rural Crescent, led by speakers: School Board Gil Trenum, Mid-County Civic Association Martin Jeter, 40th House District Delegate Tim Hugo, welcoming remarks from Coalition to Protect PW and PWCA Elena Schlossberg, moderated by PWCA's Kim Hosen. Read more...

Blueprint mapPrince William Conservation Alliance Named ‘One of the Best’ Nonprofits by the Catalogue for Philanthropy
Celebrate with us on Monday, June 25, 6pm at Water's End Brewery, Dillingham Square, Lake Ridge!
PWCA is delighted to be recognized by the Catalogue for Philanthropy. Since 2002, our work has opened doors to community action, from reclaiming native habitats to support for smart growth initiatives. “People want to know where to give and they need trusted information, says Bob Wittig, Executive Director of the Catalogue for Philanthropy. "Based on our in-depth review, we believe that Prince William Conservation Alliance is one of the best community-based nonprofits in the region.” Read more...

Blueprint map2018 Blueprint for Better Transportation in Northern Virginia
PWC partnered with other regional conservation groups and prepared a plan describing where we should grow and how investing in the right transportation projects can steer that growth. The Blueprint identifies some specific projects in Prince William that can shape future growth to match the Mobility vision in the county’s Strategic Plan. Read more...

Redbud TreeMid-County Parks & Estate Homes - Not Initiated but Not Gone Either
On March 6, Supervisors considered the proposed initiation of a Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPA) for 320 acres in the Rural Crescent, between Bristow Road and Route 234. This proposal, Mid-County Parks & Estate Homes, asked for approval to build 118 new homes, more than triple the allowed density for Rural Crescent properties. Click here to read more...

Virginia Scenic BywaysVirginia Scenic Byways for PWC: A Little Something to Brag About
In July 2016, the Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board put up signs to identify the nearly 40 miles of roads in Prince William that are now included in Virginia's network of Scenic Byways status. Why should you care? More...

Protecting Trees in PWC
Virginia Scenic Byways
In June 2016 the BOCS initiated a process to revise buffer standards at the request of the Commercial Development Committee (CDC). Constituents and civic groups were not included in the discussion until October 2017, when the BOCS deferred their vote on the proposed changes and directed staff to conduct public meetings. More...
Occoquan TrailThe Occoquan Greenway Trail - Ten Year Anniversary Hike!
Nearly 50 people joined us on October 28 for a hike down the beautiful Occoquan Greenway trail. We traveled seven miles, from Lake Ridge Park to the Town of Occoquan, over hilly terrain, through urban forests, and along streams. More...
Common Wood NymphResults of the Annual Butterfly Count Manassas Circle
Led by PWCA, 29 butterfly enthusiasts formed teams and surveyed a 113,000 acre territory centered at Manassas Airport on August 6. All told we saw 49 different species and 703 individuals. Highlights included some caterpillars - two Black Swallowtails and five Silvery Checkerspots. More...
Townhouse communityRoute 29 Small Area Plan
Selected parcels along Route 29, from near Wegman’s to North Fork, may get re-planned to allow for increased residential and commercial development. More...
Woodbridge Senior CenterVRE Proposed Extension to Haymarket
At their September 6, 2016, Board meeting Prince William County Supervisors finalized a list identifying the County’s transportation priorities for submission to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). The proposed VRE extension to Haymarket was originally included but removed before Supervisors approved the County's final list of priorities. More...
Nokesville Christmas Bird Count
BeeThanks to the 50 people who volunteered their time and expertise, the Nokesville Christmas Bird Count was a huge success again this year. We saw a good variety of birds, a total of 89 species and 19,302 individuals. We added three species to the Nokesville list: a Common Yellowthroat at the Cedar Run Wetland Bank in Fauquier, a Palm Warbler, and a Canvasback seen at MCB Quantico. Read more...
Rural Crescent - Looking to the Future
Nokesville farm
In April 2014, the Planning Office presented the Rural Crescent Study results to the Board of Supervisors. According to the report, public input revealed a strong consensus on the importance of maintaining a rural area in Prince William County. PWCA hosted a community forum on this in March. Click HERE to read more and watch the video...
Buffer Restoration on Minnieville Road by K9 Gunner Memorial Dog Park
Help us keep up the good work! Wiith support from volunteers, we have planted hundreds of shrubs and wildflowers. Together we're transforming the slope adjacent to the dog park, having fun, and improving stormwater runoff problems.
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Nokesville Christmas Bird Count
Peregrine FalconSunday, December 27 beginning at 7:00am. Registration required to alliance@pwconserve.org, 703.499.4954. Last year, nearly 40 people identified 93 species, a high count for the Nokesville CBC. The full results are online here.The Christmas Bird Count, led by the National Audubon Society, is the oldest and largest citizen science event in existence. The Nokesville survey area covers a diverse landscape covering the transition from coastal plain to piedmont ecosystems. Read more...

Occoquan Sub-watershed Study
Watersheds matterThe Occoquan Sub-watershed study assessed stream conditions, identified stormwater problem areas and prioritized restoration needs. Watershed Mgt. will present their findings from the Occoquan Sub-watershed Study at tomorrow's BOS meeting, 2pm at McCoart Government Center. Read more...
Gardening for ButterfliesGardening for Butterflies
You can help create an urban home for birds, bees and butterflies by adding some plants that wildlife prefers to your backyard. If your neighbors follow suit, you have the start of a pollinator pathway! Read more...
WHAT'S HAPPENING
Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Cardinal FlowerWildlife Garden Workdays
Saturday, June 16
Saturday, July 7
Friday, July 20, 9am to noon
Saturday, August 4
All are 9am to noon! Read more...
Red-winged Blackbird by Julia FlanaganBird Walks at Merrimac Farm WMA
...on the last Sunday of every month
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Zebra Swallowtail Northern Virginia Nature Guide
Find out who's living in your backyard

Merrimac Farm is a great place to visit rain or shine.Merrimac Farm Trail Map

Bluebird Trails at Merrimac Farm & Chinn Park
Bluebell Festival at Merrimac Farm WMA
The 2018 Bluebell Festival on April 8 will celebrate the ten year anniversary of the opening of Merrimac Farm!
Buffer Restoration on Minnieville Road by K9 Gunner Memorial Dog Park
Together we're transforming the slope adjacent to the dog park, having fun, and improving stormwater runoff problems.
Read more...
Dayflower at Featherstone RefugeFeatherstone National Wildlife Refuge - Conservation groups support public access for wildlife-dependent activities
After 42 years of public ownership with no public access... Read more...
Woodbridge Senior Center$1 Million Stream Restoration: Powell's Creek at Hylbrook Park
Poor stormwater management has caused damages that are now costing $1 million to "fix." Taxpayers fund most restoration projects. It's time to stop adding to the problem. We need a standard, county-wide solution now. Read more...
Honey BeePollinator Survey at Merrimac Farm WMA
... every other Monday at 4pm

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Prince William Conservation Alliance
P.O. Box 6351, 2241F Tackett's Mill Drive, Woodbridge, Virginia 22195
703.499.4954, alliance(at)pwconserve.org