Prince William Conservation Alliance

Community Report, February 19 2019

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The Rural Crescent: Exploring the Path from Sprawl to Sustainability

Thursday, March 7, from 7 to 9pm at Northern Virginia Community College Manassas Campus, Colgan Theater 6901 Sudley Rd, Manassas, Free Parking!

In 1998 PWC Supervisors adopted a Comprehensive Plan that formally established an urban growth boundary, the Rural Crescent. Their intent was to strengthen the County’s capacity to control urban sprawl. 


An urban growth boundary is designed to accomplish many goals, including to safeguard open space and agricultural land from sprawl development. They also seek to encourage smart growth and provide predictable approaches to capital investment and development.


After 20 years, the basic concept of Prince William's urban growth boundary is still in place. By continuing to support the Rural Crescent, county leaders can promote investment in areas that might otherwise be left behind and put the county in the best position for a positive future.


Speakers include:


Tom Eitler is the Senior Vice President for the Urban Land Institute and former PWC Chief of Long-range Planning when the Rural Crescent was adopted.


Mike May is the managing partner of May Law LLP, a member of the PW Board of Zoning Appeals, and served the Occoquan District on the Board of Supervisors from 2007 to 2016. Read more...

Bluebird Trail Monitoring Training
Saturday, March 16 at Veteran's Park, Directions

Saturday, March 17 at Chinn Park, Directions

Saturday, March 23 at Merrimac Farm WMA, Directions

RSVP required to or (703) 490-5200

Bluebird Trails are open for business this spring! Are you interested in monitoring bluebird nesting boxes to keep birds and eggs safe, and collect information to add to the database maintained by the Virginia Bluebird Society? Please join us for the bluebird monitoring training sessions.

We manage Bluebird Box Trails at three locations, listed above. All the trails need volunteers to periodically visit the nesting boxes and record information about the happenings of each nesting box. 

This is a great family activity. You can help, learn, and see newly hatched Bluebirds. Bluebird population resurgence is the product of many people working hard to bring back these birds to our region. Bluebird nesting boxes provide a safe, secure place for bluebirds to remain hidden from predators and discourage competition from other species. You can learn more about bluebird nesting boxes by clicking HERE.

Bluebird nestling

Workshop - Citizen Climate Lobby
The brand-new Prince William County chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby is hosting a free Advocacy Training session on Saturday, March 9, at 1:00 PM. 

The event will held in the Regency Clubhouse at 15351 Championship Drive in Haymarket. Trainers from CCL will be teaching techniques to use in lobbying politicians at all levels, local, State and Federal, and in building public political will for climate action. Complete information is available at 

If you have members, friends, or associates who would like to attend, they will be most welcome. Complete information and registration is online at


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