´╗┐Prince William Conservation Alliance

´╗┐Community Report, March 5 2019

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The great outdoors

The Rural Crescent: Exploring the Path from Sprawl to Sustainability

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

Prince William County is presently at a cross roads. Areas like the Route 1 corridor, parts of which were developed more than fifty years ago, are undergoing a transformation. As the county improves infrastructure in eastern Prince William, this area is primed for redevelopment. 

Learn more and share ideas about the countywide value of our urban growth boundary, the Rural Crescent. With continued support, 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. Read more...

The agenda includes considerable time for a community conversation. Speakers include:

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

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

Charlie Grymes, Prince William Conservation Alliance

Melinda Masters, Nokesville Civic Association

Elena Schlossberg, Prince William Conservation Alliance

Trees on Tap - Parks, Trails, and Open Space

Monday, March 25, 6:30 to 8:30pm at Waters End Brewery, 12425 Dillingham Square, Lake Ridge

Parks and trails are important! The ongoing update of the Comprehensive Plan will create a new vision for parkland, from Woodbridge to Gainesville. 

On March 25, special guest Brendon Hanafin, Prince William County Parks Department, will share information and ideas on natural area land acquisition, trails, and resource management goals. Join us to learn more about what's planned for the Comprehensive Plan Update and share your views. Meet representatives from Active PW and PW Trails & Streams Coalition. Bring questions, comments, and ideas.

Wildlife Garden Work Days

at Merrimac Farm WMA, Stone House, 15014 Deepwood Lane, Nokesville

Sat, March 30 from 9am to noon we'll be waking up the garden for spring!

Sun, April 7 from 1 to 3pm we'll be working in the garden

Sat, April 13 from 9am to noon we'll be setting up for the Bluebell Festival

RSVP appreciated to alliance@pwconserve.org, 703.490.5200

What a lovely way to spend a morning! The Wildlife Garden is a great area to watch wildlife, learn about native plants and pollinators, and get ideas for your own backyard. We need your help to keep nonnative plants in check to maintain high quality habitat for the birds, bees, and butterflies.

Bluebells at Merrimac Farm WMA

Save the Date for the

2019 Bluebell Festival at Merrimac Farm WMA

Sunday, April 14 2019, from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Please join us on Sunday, April 14, to welcome spring, celebrate nature close to home and view the fabulous Virginia Bluebells that carpet the Cedar Run shoreline for nearly a mile. 

Meet local organizations and people who are working to improve our community. With some of the best Northern Virginia naturalists leading tours and activities, we're looking forward to a special day at an outstanding natural area. Family-friendly and free of charge. 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 alliance@pwconserve.org or (703) 490-5200

Bluebird Trails are opening for business and we still need a few more people to monitor nesting boxes. This is a great family activity. You can help, learn, and see newly hatched Bluebirds. 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.


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