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PWCAPrince William Conservation Alliance

Community Report
May 26, 2015
Newsletter Archive

In this Newsletter

PWC EcoPark Talk

Landfill Tour: Environment, Education, & Renewable Energy in PWC

Walking Tour: Past, Present, and Future of Downtown Manassas

Wildlife Garden Volunteer Days

Bird Walks at Merrimac Farm

Cardinal Flower

Bird Walks at Merrimac Farm

The last Sunday of every month, beginning at 8:00am. Meet at the Stone House, 15020 Deepwood Lane

Leaders: Nancy Vehrs and Harry Glasgow

We'll look for birds as we travel through open fields and woodland edges. Everyone is welcome.

View the bird list for Merrimac Farm HERE.

Dress for the weather, bring binoculars and cameras.

Service Berry tree

Serviceberry, Amelanchier arborea, is a small native tree that grows in sun or shade in a variety of habitats, from wooded slopes to the edges of swamps.

Pretty white flowers open in early April, making it an important early nectar source for pollinators.

The purplish-red fruits ripen in June and are well loved by the Cedar Waxwing, Hairy Woodpecker, Hermit Thrush, Baltimore Oriole and many other birds as well as people who use the berries for jam and pies.

Serviceberry is a host plant for Red-Spotted Purple and Viceroy butterflies.


Talk - PWC EcoPark: Environment, Energy and Education

Bowman's RootThursday, June 4 at 7:30pm at Bull Run UU Church, 9250 Main St., Manassas

Speaker: Tom Smith, Prince William County Public Works, Solid Waste Division Chief

Prince William County is working to transform the Landfill into a community resource for producing green energy, recovering valuable material and providing opportunities for research and education.

The latest development is an EcoPark that will focus on the three E's: Environment (Sustainability and Environmental Protection), Energy (Renewable Technologies) and Education (STEM and Ecology).

The goal of the Eco-Park is to educate the public on the importance of ecological sustainability, how we can protect the environment and exceed requirements in a cost effective manner. Please join us on June 3 to learn more about this new community resource... scroll down for information on the associated tour.

Tour the PWC Landfill

Golden AlexanderSaturday, June 6, at 10:00am. Meet at the PWC Landfill, 14811 Dumfries Road, Manassas

RSVP Required, or 703.499.4954. Tour is limited to 40 people.

Leader: Tom Smith, Prince William County Public Works, Solid Waste Division Chief

Get a first hand look at how PWC is producing green energy, recovering valuable material, and providing opportunities for research and education at the Landfill on Route 234.

We will also see the site of the coming EcoPark, a new community resource focused on Environment, Renewable Energy and Education.

Walking Tour: Past, Present, and Future of Downtown Manassas

PenstemonSave the Date!
Saturday, July 11, 10-11:30am. Please RSVP to, 703.499.4954 for the meeting location.

Leader: Charlie Grymes, PWCA Chairman

Since the 1850’s, the development of homes and businesses at Manassas has been based on transportation. A train depot still services passengers, and the city is at risk of evolving into a walkable community. The defunct Journal-Messenger newspaper building and a nearby car wash are morphing into new housing, as the city invested in “streetscaping” and festivals to develop an arts and entertainment district.

This walking tour will examine the history of the downtown, changing patterns of transportation and land use, and what’s next as elected officials propose expanding VRE/Amtrak and a new bypass on Godwin Road to divert commuter traffic.

Volunteer - Wildlife Garden Workdays at Merrimac Farm

Tuesday, May 26, 9am
Sunday, May 31, 2pm
Tuesday, June 2, 9am
Saturday, June 13, 9am

The Wildlife Garden is located behind the Stone House at Merrimac Farm, 15020 Deepwood Land, Nokesville, directions

Help us keep up the good work at the Wildife Garden! Planting is a tough job, but all is easily lost without long-term maintenance. Please join us for a morning of weeding, pruning, watering, and wildlife watching.