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Community Report
June 11, 2009
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The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.
Tom Horton, Annapolis Capital; June 6 2009
A clearer Clean Water Act
New York Times; June 1 2009
DNR ready to kill mute swans
Baltimore Sun; June 9 2009
   Butterfly Tour at Merrimac Farm     
Pearl Crescent
When: Saturday, June 13, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon
Where: Merrimac Farm WMA Stone House Visitor Center
Butterflies are fun and easy to observe. They can be found everywhere from your back yard to stream banks, forests and fields. Warm sunny days are especially good times to hunt for butterflies. The flight periods of some species last only a few weeks, so it helps to look often.
Merrimac Farm is a great place to watch butterflies. We'll explore some likely spots, considering what most butterflies like: sunshine and flowers. We'll visit open areas with many types of plants and wander through the dappled light along forest edges, especially where flowers are in bloom.

Open to the public and free of charge. For more information please email PWCA at or call 703.499.4954.
  Cannon Branch Wetland Needs Your Help
CattailsWhen: Saturday, June 27, from 9:00 a.m. until the job is done
Where: Cannon Branch Wetland; From Route 234 (heading away from Route 28 and towards I-66), turn right on University Blvd. to a pull-off area on the right where Tom Dombrowski will be waiting.
RSVP Appreciated: Please call 703.792. 5534 or email to let Project Manager Tokm Dombrowski, PWC Watershed Management, know you can help.

Volunteers are needed to manually remove cattails from this wetland, where they are choking out other colonies of plants and destroying biodiversity. This is preferred to removing them with a herbicide, which would also kill all the other plants.
The Canon Branch Wetland was built to mitigate impacts from the creation of the Innovation Business Park. It's an important wetland that enhances water quality in Canon Branch, which drains into the Occoquan Reservoir.
Dress for outdoor work. Bring rubber boots or waders, bug spray, sunscreen, plenty of water and something to eat.
   Merrimac Farm Stone House Opening Schedule
Carolina Satyr
Friday & Saturday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Merrimac Farm, 15020 Deepwood Lane, Nokesville
All the photos in this email (except the cattails) were taken during the past couple weeks within 700 feet of the Stone House Visitor Center. It's a great place to watch wildlife with your friends and family.
When you visit Merrimac Farm, please stop by the Stone House  to:
  • Learn more about the the types of habitats and which trails go where;
  • Find out what wildlife we've been seeing;
  • Share your wildlife sightings;
  • Read the schedule of wildlife and wildfower tours;
  • Learn more about volunteer opportunities.
For more information, call PWCA at 703-499-4954, email or check online here.
   Conservation Easements Protect Public Land
Black Racer Fredericksburg and Richmond have decided to permanently protect key parkland owned by those local jurisdictions, by establishing conservation easements on their public land.

The two jurisdictions own key parcels along the Rappahannock and James rivers.  Current elected officials are ensuring the land will remain undeveloped, so future officials won’t build roads, low-income housing, golf courses – or sell the land in a future budget crisis. Read more and share your views...

  Manassas National Battlefield Park Trails Plan 
When: June 15, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Park  Headquarters, 12521 Lee Highway (corner of Pageland and Route 29), Manassas
Informational open house to present the Parks proposed Trail Plans and solicit public comment.
The Park is reviewing trails around the Brawner Farm, where last years clearcut occurred. They are also looking at bridle trails, including four alternatives for the area around Stewart's Hill.
For more information, call Ray Brown, MNBP Acting Chief of Interpretation, at 703-754-1861 x1203.