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Prince William Conservation Alliance
Community Report

July 23, 2008

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IN THIS ISSUE

Volunteer - Merrimac Farm Clean Up Day

Dove's Landing Tour

New in Your Piece of the Planet

In the News

Green Heron at the Route 234 Wetland Bank

In the News

Google adds walking directions online maps
Google; July 22 2008

City will explore bike-sharing program
New York Times; July 9 2008  
 
Supervisors consider retooling County's Vision [Strategic Plan] Washington Post; July 23 2008

If you build it, the jobs won't come [stadiums]
Wall Street Journal; July 17 2008

How planners share information at issue Richmond Times Dispatch; July 16 2008

Turf War: Americans can't live without their lawns - but how long can they live with them? The New Yorker; July 21 2008

A playground where creativity can run wild
New York Times; July 14 2008

Four home builders settle stormwater violations
Fairfax Times; July 3 2008
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Volunteer! Merrimac Farm Clean Up Day 

Get involved!The Stone House needs some TLC, including minor household repairs such as replacing faucets, patching a couple walls, replacing light fixtures, cleaning and painting.

There is plenty to do for people of all skill levels! We have some tools that are useful for household repairs and cleaning supplies... if you have supplies to share, we would appreciate the extras!

Questions? Call Kim Hosen at 703.499.4954 or email alliance@pwconserve.org. There's no formal registration but we'd appreciate knowing if you'll be there. Read more...

Tour Dove's Landing 

Hike Dove's LandingJoin the Prince William Conservation Alliance and Prince William County's Historic Preservation Division for an easy hike through this beautiful property!

Dove's Landing is a 235-acre undeveloped property with one mile of frontage along the Occoquan River, upstream from Lake Jackson. The gently sloping landscape, open forest and scenic appearance create inviting and accessible conditions for all ages.

Group size is capped at 30 participants, so register early! This program is open to the public and free of charge. For more information and to register, email us at alliance@pwconserve.org or call 703.499.4954. Read more about Dove's Landing...

Your Piece of the Planet
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VRE to Gainesville/Haymarket... or Not?
The Virginia Railway Express Gainesville/Haymarket Implementation Plan presumes that we should spend big bucks to extend commuter rail.The alternative is to focus on improving service on the current lines, running trains more often and offering greater reliability. Even if you think more is better, we should at least recognize that we have a choice on deciding how far is far enough.

What would happen if we got Metrorail?
...Of course we want Metro. Metro is good good good. It’s like asking someone on a hot July afternoon “want a cold drink?” Unless you consider the impacts. Getting Metro to PW County could be economic suicide.

Trails added at Long Park
A significant amount of trail development and maintenance was accomplished at James Long Park recently. Park Authority staff partnered with volunteers to improve existing trails and clear new trails.

Virginia schools going green
Green is good for business. Leaders who invested early in environmentally-friendly design are reaping the benefits and everyone is starting to notice. Green buildings use less energy, saving money year after year. New design features aimed at creating a light footprint are also creating welcoming spaces and a sense of well being. Plus green buildings are great for your reputation.

Strategic Planning Strategies
...This year the County’s report says that citizen input consistently showed four priorities: Education, Environment, Public Safety, and Transportation. Under the newly proposed “transformative” approach, it appears these citizen priorities would be mixed-and-matched under a few categories with trendy, feel-good names: Sustainable Neighborhoods, Sustainable Families, Sustainable Businesses.