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Prince William Conservation Alliance

Community Report
August 20, 2014
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Pollinator Survey at Merrimac Farm

Rte. 234 Wetland Mitigation Area Tour

Wildlife Garden Work Days

Urban Forests: Challenges and Opportunities

Questions and RSVP (appreciated) for all activities...
703.499.4954, alliance@

Save the Date!
Volunteer Tree Planting at K9 Gunner Dog Park

When: Saturday, September 27 at 9:00am

Where: K9 Gunner Dog Park parking lot, by the intersection of Minnieville Road & Colby Drive, Woodbridge

Questions and RSVP (appreciated): alliance, 703.490.5200

Today is a good time to plant a tree

Please help us keep up the good work! We'll have about 60 trees and shrubs, plus more than 200 wildflowers to plant at the Minnieville Road buffer by the County Dog Park.

This planting day adds to the plants we planted last fall, thanks to community volunteers.

With your help, we're creating a more scenic Minnieville Road, new wildlife habitat, and protecting drinking water resources with native plants... flowers, berries, and bark.

We hope you can join us to help finish this important project. All ages welcome. Bring a smile and a shovel (if available)! Lunch is provided.

Boy with butterfly
Prince William Conservation Alliance
2241F Tackett's Mill
Woodbridge, VA 22192

Pollinator Survey at Merrimac Farm

Eastern-tailed BlueWhen: Thursday, August 21 at 3:30pm

Where: Stone House at Merrimac Farm, 15020 Deepwood Lane, Nokesville

We're taking a closer look at butterflies, dragonflies and other cool insects at Merrimac Farm.

Please join us for a pleasant walk through the Wildlife Garden and upland areas in search of cool critters close to home, and help build our wildlife information for this great natural area!

Everyone is welcome, no previous experience required. Wear sturdy shoes and long pants.

Rte. 234 Wetland Mitigation Area Tour

Orange sulphur on ButterflyweedWhen: Saturday, August 23 at 8:00am

Where: Meet in the parking lot by Green Front Furniture, 10154 Harry Parrish Blvd, Manassas

Please join us for a field trip to the Rte 234 wetland mitigation area, usually closed to the public, led by birding enthusiast Larry Meade and wetlands expert Tom Dombrowski.

The Rte 234 wetland mitigation area is 89 acres of forested and emergent wetlands protected by an upland corridor. This site, which is usually closed to the public, was developed by the Virginia Dept. of Transportation (VDOT)to replace wetlands and wildlife habitats lost to the construction of the Route 234 Bypass.

It is home to a wide range of breeding birds, butterflies, dragonflies and more that have yet to be discovered! Please join us for a fun morning exploring this great area.

Wildlife Garden Work Days
Monarch on Garden PhloxWhen: Thurs, Aug 28, and Sat, Aug 30, at 9am

Where: Stone House at Merrimac Farm, 15020 Deepwood Lane, Nokesville

We planted more than 50 trees and shrubs this past spring and the wildlife garden is really starting to look great. Now we need to keep up the good work!

Planting is a tough job, but all is easily lost without long-term maintenance. Please join us for a morning of weeding, pruning, and watering, dates listed in the left column.

We appreciate your help! Read more about Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area here.

Urban Forests: Challenges and Opportunities

Green June Beetle on ConeflowerPWCA 1st Thursday Speaker Series

Speaker: Tim McGonegal, Branch Chief, PWC Mosquito and Forest Pest Management

When: Thursday, September 4, 7:30pm

Where: Bull Run Unitarian Universalist Church, 9350 Main St, Manassas

Urban forests have environmental, social and economic benefits but their proximity to human activity poses threats that must be addressed. What are the big threats today and what is anticipated for the future?

Please join us to learn why urban forests are important, consider local threats to forest health, and discuss what we can do to better protect our green resources.