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PWCAPrince William Conservation Alliance

Community Report
December 20, 2016
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Act Local

Nokesville Christmas Bird Count

Virginia Scenic Byways

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Nokesville Christmas Bird Count - Last Call!

Monday, December 26, beginning at 7am

RSVP Required to join a survey team. Contact us at alliance@, 703.499.4954

This is a great opportunity to meet the remarkable variety of birds that spend the winter in Northern Virginia.

Please join us for a fun, rewarding day and be a part of the oldest and largest citizen science project in the world. Everyone is welcome.

At last year's count We saw a good variety of birds, a total of 89 species and 19,302 individuals. We added three species to the Nokesville list: a Common Yellowthroat at the Cedar Run Wetland Bank in Fauquier, a Palm Warbler, and a Canvasback seen at MCB Quantico.

Read more about the Nokesville CBC here and stay tuned for this year's results!
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Act Local (It Works)

ExploreIf you agree with Think Globally and Act Locally, then be sure to support local conservation organizations. In Prince William, Manassas, and Manassas Park, the best return on your investment is to join and contribute to the Prince William Conservation Alliance.

The Prince William Conservation Alliance has local roots, local members, and local credibility, and is not affiliated with the government. 

We can quickly identify and respond to threats, such as VDOT's last-minute plan to add a huge parking lot within the boundaries of the Rural Area after the public hearings on I-66 improvements were completed. We are the organization that mobilized the public response that saved the farm of Jeannie and Carl Heflin.

Following this success, we led the effort to designate 39.4 miles of roads within the Rural Crescent as Virginia Scenic Byways to showcase our rural beauty. Just two weeks ago, the Commonwealth Transportation Board voted to approve the Virginia’s Scenic Byway designation for all proposed roads. Look for a ribbon cutting in early spring!

Thanks to your support, the Prince William Conservation Alliance has staying power. Eight years ago, we began the successful campaign to garner support for creating a passive use county park at Dove’s Landing, which is now open to the public.

We recognize the long term values of the nearly one mile of Occoquan River shoreline, wetlands, and riparian forest at Dove's Landing. We are continuing our campaign to secure a conservation easement to ensure this special park is permanently protected from future threats, including conversion to a new school site, bus depot, or other development.

We partner with regional, state, and national organizations, but as a local organization, we depend upon your local support. Your tax deductible gift enables us to be the strong, independent voice needed to ensure the preservation of high quality natural resources and protects healthy communities county wide.

We can only succeed with your support. Please make a generous year-end gift today by donating online here. Thank you so much.

Virginia Scenic Byways for Prince William County - A Little Something to Brag About

View from Antioch RoadOn December 7, the Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board unanimously approved all Prince William roads proposed for Virginia Scenic Byway status, a first for our County.

These new Scenic Byways boast 11 nationally recognized historic sites, two state listed historic sites, mountain vistas, and minimally visible development.

Two of the roads, John Marshall Highway and Waterfall Road, connect to existing Virginia Byways in Fauquier County. All provide an attractive driving experience and showcase the beauty of Prince William's Rural Crescent.

  • Waterfall Road from the Fauquier County line east to the intersection of Antioch Rd.
  • Antioch Road from the Route 601 intersection south to Route 55
  • John Marshall Highway from Route 681 to the Fauquier County line
  • Aden Road between Route 619 and Route 28
  • Bristow Road between Joplin Road (Route 619) and Route 28
  • Joplin Road – between Bristow Road and 1-95
Virginia Scenic Byways are a part of the state's tourism promotional strategy to stimulate local economies and included in Virginia’s Map of Scenic Roads, the Virginia Outdoors Plan and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation Scenic Byways website.