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Community Report
December 3, 2008

Black Bears in Northern Virginia

Volunteer - The Christmas Bird Count (CBC)

Dec. 14 - Nokesville

Dec. 28 - Loudoun

Jan. 4 - Ft. Belvoir

PWC Planning Commission Public Hearing on the Comprehensive Plan Update
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In the News

Make the Christmas Bird Count your new holiday tradition Washington Examiner; November 16 2008

Acorn watchers wonder what happened to crop
Washington Post; November 30 2008

Chestnuts make triumphant return
Gary Post Tribune; November 26 2008

Supervisors Back Ballfield Lights Washington Post; November 30 2008

Conservation group ends bid to oversee Silver Lake
Washington Post; November 16 2008

PWC wants to build 25 centers around transit Washington Post; October 9 2008

How your community can thrive even in tough times; New economic trends make a sense-of-place more important than ever
Project for Public Spaces; November 15 2008

Report Card for America's Infrastructure American Society of Civil Engineers

Newsletter Archive

Black BearBlack Bears in Northern Virginia

WHEN: Thursday, December 4 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

WHERE: Bull Run Unitarian Universalist Church, 9350 Main Street, Manassas

Wow, black bears in Northern Virginia? Although most black bears live in the mountains or the Dismal Swamp black bears have been spotted in most Northern Virginia localities with increasing frequency. Please join us on the First Thursday in December when Virginia Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries biologist John Rohm will share information about black bears and their Northern Virginia habitats! Read more...


Volunteer - The Christmas Bird Count (CBC)

For more than 100 years, citizen scientists throughout the United States have volunteered their time to count birds for the Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Their efforts provide important information about wintering bird populations, distribution, and changes over time.

You don't have to be an expert birder to participate in the count. More eyes help spot more birds and the Christmas Bird Count is an exciting opportunity for beginning birders to connect with others and learn more about both birds and important habitats.


WHEN: December 14 beginning at 7:00 a.m.

CONTACT: Registration required. Contact the Prince William Conservation Alliance at or 703.499.4954.

The Nokesville survey area features open fields, farms, forested wetlands and large lot developments. It includes portions of Fauquier County and Quantico Marine Corps Base as well as Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area, Cedar Run Wetland Bank, Foggy Bottom Wetland Bank, Manassas Airport, Dove's Landing, the Prince William County Landfill and portions of Prince William Forest Park.

Last years count recorded 82 species, including the Red-Headed Woodpecker, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Wild Turkey, American Woodcock, Screech Owl, Barn Owl and more. You can view complete information from last years count here.


WHEN: Sunday, December 28.

CONTACT: Registration required. Sign Up Online or contact Joe Coleman at 540-554-2542 or

Join the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy as they participate in the National Audubon Society's Annual Christmas Bird Count. Started in 1899, these surveys are held all over the country, with the results used to better understand bird populations and dynamics.

The Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy's count-circle has a 15-mile diameter and covers 177 square miles of Loudoun's countryside: north to Waterford, south to Aldie, east to Ashburn, and west to Purcellville. This part of Loudoun County includes areas that not only have beautiful scenery but also are full of birds. Everyone is welcome, both beginners and expert birders (amateurs are teamed with experienced birders).


WHEN: Sunday, January 4.

CONTACT: Registration required. Contact Kurt Gaskill at

The Fort Belvoir count-circle covers considerable Potomac River shoreline and includes Fort Belvoir, Huntley Meadows, Belmont Bay, Occoquan Bay, Mason Neck and more.

Last years count recorded 117 species, including Common Loon, American Woodcock, King Rail, Long-eared Owl and more. This CBC circle has been counted for more than 60 years and is still going strong.

PWC Comp Plan Update Public Hearing

WHEN: Wednesday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: McCoart Government Center, Board Chambers

The PWC Planning Commission will hold a public hearing and vote on the current proposal for updates to the Land Use and Transportation chapters of the County's Comprehensie Plan.

The Comprehensive Plan is used as a guideline for evaluating and negotiating development applications. It includes a map that shows planned land uses on a parcel-to-parcel basis. The County's Capital Improvements Projects budget is intended to implement the Comprehensive Plan by funding projects in areas the Comprehensive Plan is targeting for development.

The current Land Use draft proposes the addition of 25 "centers" that could add significant residential densities to a plan that already accommodates projected population increases to 2025. Density increases are also proposed for the areas designated for  semi-rural residential densities, generally located between Prince William Parkway and the Occoquan Reservoir.

The Transportation draft generally downplays public transportation incentives and continues the County's focus on road construction projects as the antidote to traffic congestion problems. Other public infrastructure needs, including parkland and open space, receive minimal attention.

You can read more about the Comprehensive Plan udate here and review the entire drafts posted on the County's website here . Citizens, businesses, organizations and developers are invited to share their views at the Planning Commission Public Hearing this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Speakers do not need to sign up in advance. Individuals are allowed three minutes to comment, organizations receive five minutes.

"All good planning begins with public involvement." Ian Jackson