´╗┐Prince William Conservation Alliance

´╗┐Community Report, January 23 2018

Read online here

Gulls in a row

Talk - Plant Pollinators with Heather Holm

Sunday, February 17, 2019, from 3:30 to 6:30pm at Manassas Park Community Center, 99 Adams Street, Manassas Park

Heather Holm is the award-winning author of several books including Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide. She spends much of her time educating audiences about the fascinating world of native bees and the native plants that support them. Her latest book, Bees, published in 2017, has won five book awards.

Stop Mowing, Start Growing: Native Plants for Beginners

Saturday, February 23, 2019 9am to 2pm at McCoart Government Center, 1 County Complex Court Woodbridge. View the program agenda here. RSVP Required! Register here.

Looking for wildlife-friendly alternative landscaping ideas? Join us to learn how to create a beautiful yard, habitat for birds and pollinators, save money on fertilizer and pesticides, improve water quality, and curb erosion.

Sponsored by: Prince William County Watershed Management Branch, Prince William Conservation Alliance, Prince William Soil & Water Conservation District, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Native Plant Society, and Plant NOVA Natives

PWC Potomac River Shoreline

PWC Comprehensive Plan Update

The Planning office is recommending changes to the Comprehensive Plan, which establishes the County's policies and priorities for growth and development. The process calls for a separate review of each chapter. View the time line for each chapter here.

According to the schedule, Rural Crescent issues are slated for review this summer. No public meetings are scheduled other than one Planning Commission work session in late September. The Planning Commission vote is slated for November 6, one day after the 2019 election.

Parkland is another hot topic. County policy calls for a minimum of 15 acres of parkland for every 1,000 residents. With 465,345 residents, Prince William needs 6,980 acres of parkland to meet that (low) standard. In 2018, the County owned 4,300 acres of parkland, that's just 9 acres per 1,000 people... a shortfall of 2,680 acres!!!

PWC needs more parks!

Share Your Views: Parks & Recreation Community Forum

Saturday, January 26, 10 to 11:30am at the McCoart Government Center, Woodbridge

Add your views to the Parks & Recreation Community Needs Assessment, which will be used to update the County's Comprehensive Plan. PWC operates 55 developed parks and facilities that cover more than 4,300 acres with playgrounds, fitness centers, skate parks, sports fields, and other amenities. Natural area parks, such as Dove's Landing, are in short supply.

Mobility Survey

PWC is updating the Transportation Chapter of the Comprehensive Plan, which they are re-naming as the Mobility Chapter. The Planning office is seeking public comment through an online survey, here, which focuses on transit opportunities. You can view maps and read more here

Pond at Merrimac Farm WMA

Join us today! Your tax deductible donation helps protect green open spaces and healthy communities close to home. For more information, please email alliance@pwconserve.org or call 703.490.5200.