´╗┐Prince William Conservation Alliance

´╗┐Community Report, October 29 2019

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Plant Trees at Silver Lake Park!

Saturday, November 2, from 9am to noon at
Silver Lake Park, 16198 Silver Lake Road, Haymarket

Sponsored by Supervisor Pete Candland, Prince William Conservation Alliance, Prince William Wildflower Society, Prince William County Public Works, and the Prince William County Parks Dept.

RSVP PLEASE to https://treeplantingsilverlake.eventbrite.com
Questions? 703.499.4954, alliance@pwconserve.org

With 270 acres, Silver Lake Park is a wonderful place for families to explore the great outdoors. Please join us to help improve wildlife habitats at this important natural area! We will have 11 large trees to plant along the entrance drive and 135 small trees to plant near the picnic area.

Wear long sleeve, long pants, and closed toed shoes that are appropriate for digging. Keep in mind you will get dirty. Bring water to drink. Rest rooms are available. This is a family-friendly activity. Thank you for helping make our community a better place!

Rural Crescent Update

The October 23 Planning Commission work session continued the spate of public meetings focused on Rural Crescent policies. Most of the discussion focused on incentives; some were promoted by developers and others supported by a majority of county residents.

Advocates for developer-friendly incentives focused on access to pubic sewer and increased residential densities. However, most participants called for initiatives that protect the urban growth boundary defined by the Rural Crescent. They urged officials to follow through with promises to adopt a Purchase of Development Rights program and explore other opportunities to create a thriving rural countryside.

No surprises here. County wide, community input is consistent: the majority of residents support the Rural Crescent.

The Planning Commission scheduled another work session for November 13. They are also considering  holding a formal public hearing on the plan over three days: December 3, 4, and 5.

However, most Commissioners agreed it is unlikely they will vote in December but instead will keep the decision open for a newly elected Board of Supervisors and their Planning Commissioners. 

Our vision for the future: Establish desirable, equitable, sustainable communities in both rural and development areas, promote environmental stewardship, and create opportunities for residents to engage in decisions that affect the quality of their lives and the future of their communities.

PWCA Announces Youth Achievement Awards 
Recognizing outstanding efforts of high school and college-aged persons for projects that make a difference.

Eligible projects include Boy Scout Eagle projects, Girl Scout Gold Award projects, or other projects having significant results in the area of environmental, historic preservation or related activity in Prince William County.

2020 nominations are due by March 1 and September 1. Each award will be $1,000. There are no restrictions on use of the award. Nominations can be made by submitting the project report to PWCA, PO Box 3651, Woodbridge, VA 22195 or by email to pwcaawards@gmail.com@gmail.com.

All nominations should include a description of the completed project and a statement from the beneficiary or other person(s) summarizing the importance of the project and the involvement of the nominee. The nomination can be made by be made by any person, including the nominee.

The criteria for evaluation shall include the youths’ initiative, innovation, execution, and significance of the project results. The Awards Panel includes three people with appropriate education, experience or both.Scouts building boardwalks

2019 Christmas Bird, Nokesville Circle

Sunday, December 22, beginning at 7am
RSVP Required to alliance@pwconserve.org, 703.499.4954. 

Birding enthusiasts are invited to join the Nokesville Christmas Bird Count (CBC), sponsored by Prince William Conservation Alliance. Everyone is welcome!

There are three ways to help:

  • Join a survey team to identify and count birds in the field (beginning birders welcome).
  • Identify and count birds in your backyard (if you live in the Nokesville Circle boundaries)
  • Prepare/serve food to hungry birders at the Merrimac Farm Stone House.

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.

Brush Up on Winter Birds at our Monthly Bird Walk 

Sunday, November 24. Meet at the Merrimac Farm Stone House, 15014 Deepwood Lane. RSVP appreciated to alliance@pwconserve.org, 703.490.5200

We'll look for birds as we travel through the uplands to the edge of the floodplain, covering a variety of habitats, including open fields and woodland edges. Everyone is welcome.

Dress for the weather, bring binoculars and cameras. More info and RSVP (appreciated) to PWCA , 703.499.4954 or alliance@pwconserve.org. 

Please consider supporting PWCA today!

Your tax deductible donation helps protect green open spaces and healthy communities close to home, from the Potomac River shoreline to Silver Lake. For more information, email alliance@pwconserve.org or call 703.490.5200.

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