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Community Report
June 29, 2010
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Wildlife Mapping   

Gray vs. Green: Balancing the Scales - Planning Commission Special Work Session

Lake Manassas  Public Access Update

Photo Essays - Glacier National Park, Hilton Head Island and Merrimac Farm WMA; First Thursday Speaker Series  

Featherstone National Wildlife Tour

To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.
~ Helen Keller
  Act Locally  
Get acquainted with nearby nature

   Wildlife Mapping
American SnoutWHEN: Saturday, July 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Merrimac Farm Stone House Visitor Center, 15020 Deepwood Lane, Nokesville
Registration required. $25 fee covers program materials and supplies. Click here for more information and to register.

WildlifeMapping is an outreach program that encourages school children, citizens, community groups, organizations and agencies to collect wildlife data and contribute that data to the statewide database.  

During the workshop participants will learn map reading skills, search image recognition, and habitat classification skills. Read more...

  Gray Vs. Green: Balancing the Scales
Where's the buffer?PWC Planning Commission Special Work Session  
When: Wednesday, July 14, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Where: Development Services Building, Conference Room 202 A & B, 5 County Complex Court
Speakers: Karen Firehock, Director of the Green Infrastructure Center and Laura Grape, Sr. Environmental Planner, NoVA Regional Commission  

We know making good use of gray infrastructure - roads, schools, stormwater pipes, etc - is smart, but what about the green? Connecting natural areas makes a lot of sense too but it will only happen in places where people plan ahead.

PWC is updating the Comprehensive Plan Environment Chapter and, at the same time, the Northern VA Regional Commission (NVRC) is working on a Conservation Corridor Plan for the region.

The plan will map natural resource features across the region to identify a network of open and forested green space. The project also includes model text and GIS layers that could be incorporated into local comprehensive plans and other local planning tools.

At the July 14 worksession, Ms. Firehock will share the ABCs of green infrastructure and ideas on how localities can start taking advantage of the benefits, including attractive and sustainable communities. Laura Grape will talk about the NVRCs developing Conservation Corridor Plan for Northern Virginia. Read more...

   Lake Manassas Public Access Update
When: Thursday, July 1, 5:30 pm
Where: Public Works and Utilities Conference Room, 8500 Public Works Drive, Manassas
The Manassas City Council has scheduled a work session to discuss progress on current efforts to open Lake Manassas to the public. The meeting agenda is online here.
The Virginia Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries (DGIF) is working with the City of Manassas to find a suitable lake operator, including consideration of George Mason University and others. DGIF has budgeted money to construct a ramp and finger pier, which can move forward when an agreement is reached between all involved parties. Click here to read more and share your views.
   Photo Essays - 1st Thursday Speaker Series
When: Thursday, July 1, 7:30 pm
Where: Bull Run Unitarian Universalist, 9350 Main Street, Manassas
Join us for a photo tour of some favorite wildlife watching spots, from the west coast to our own backyard.

Julia Flanagan - Glacier National Park
Kim Hosen - Hilton Head Island
Ernie Sears - Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area

  Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge Tour
Farm Creek at Featherstone Refuge
When: Saturday, July  24, 8:00 to 10:30 am   Where: Meet at the Rippon VRE station parking lot, end of Farm Creek Drive just past the intersection with Rippon Blvd., Woodbridge   RSVP appreciated to Prince William Conservation Alliance at 703-499-4954 or For the Featherstone Refuge, 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of public ownership with no public access except for special tours such as this one. 
At the July 24 tour, a representative from the US Fish & Wildlife Service will provide an update on the current of their Comprehensive Plan, the first step in opening this important site to the public for wildlife dependent activities.

The Featherstone Refuge covers 325 acres of bottomland forests and freshwater tidal marshes. It's great place to watch wildlife. 

Bring binoculars and cameras. Wear clothes suitable for the outdoors. No matter the weather, appropriate attire for NoVA natural areas is always long pants, sturdy shoes, and long socks.