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With your support, we can make good things happen!

Become a partner in PWCAs preservation efforts by donating at one of the following suggested levels:

$50 -- Friend
$100 -- Ally
$250 -- Partner
$500 -- Stewardship Circle
$1,000 Conservation Circle

Your support makes important community programs possible!

Successfully preserved the 300-acre historic Merrimac Farm through an effective public and private partnership with state and federal agencies.

• Hosts community meetings to engage citizens in productive activities to protect water quality and natural areas

• Members and staff represent community views on local and regional boards

• Follows up on current issues to protect community resources and encourage well planned growth

• Builds partnerships with local, state and federal agencies and organizations to conserve important natural areas

• Monitors progress on Chesapeake Bay commitments and environmental regulatory processes

Join PWCA Today!

VolunteerMake a secure, tax-deductible donation safely online or mail a check payable to PWCA to PO Box 6351, Woodbridge, VA 22195. To make a donation by phone, call us at 703.499.4954.

Special Offer! Donate $50 or more today to support healthy habitats and also expand your local butterfly knowledge with our special one-time gift, The Field Guide to Northern Virginia Butterflies and Skippers written by Northern Virginia resident Bob Blakney. The Field Guide is available for a limited time.

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Thank you for supporting the Prince William Conservation Alliance

Please mail contribution and form to PWCA, PO Box 6351, Woodbridge, VA 22195.
Volunteers and in-kind contributions of services and supplies are always appreciated. For more information, please contact Kim Hosen at 703.499.4954 or

From Our Chair:

Enjoy, explore and protect nature close to homeWill you live the rest of your life in Prince William County? If not ... does that make this community here - people, plants, critters, streams, etc. - less valuable to you?

Sometimes, we treat family and friends differently from strangers. We expect to see family and friends again - but that clerk at the counter, the person greeting you at the entrance to WalMart… well, do you feel the same obligation to be nice to strangers?

Let's be real - if we're not likely to see a person again, if we'll never notice the impact of our behavior, sometimes we might not care enough to use our best behavior. It may be true that “what goes around, comes around” - but if we're not there when the boomerang returns, we won't suffer.

So we may not feel the same level of personal commitment to helping strangers - but for every action, there are consequences. We could be the “stranger” to others. Haven't you had your day brightened at times when a fellow commuter lets you merge smoothly into traffic, or a person standing in line makes a joke that eases the wait? And haven't you had a moment that was soured by uncaring, inconsiderate behavior because someone wasn't thinking enough of you to be kind and professional?

Prince William County may be a stranger to many residents, including the 50,000 new residents who have arrived since the last Census in 2000. Many residents are transient, and do not intend to stay here forever.

But that doesn't mean we can throw litter on the street in Dale City or Haymarket, just because we won't be living here very long. Let's not ignore the mud flowing off construction sites into our streams, just because we won't be planning to swim or fish - or drink the local water - for very long.

We teach our children to play fair and be nice, whether or not the relationship will be permanent. Let's treat Prince William County the same way.

Let's protect what we have, including cultural and natural areas not yet transformed by development, even if we just plan to come back and visit after we retire to some other place - some other place that, hopefully, some strangers are protecting right now.

Charlie Grymes, Chair