The Fairfax County Environmental Quality Advisory Council will hold a public hearing January 9 on their annual report on the state of the county’s environment. Speakers can discuss the report’s content, what’s missing, or other environmental issues.
Loudoun County officials are updating the county’s comprehensive plan, a guiding land-use document.
At the initiation of Mount Vernon Supervisor Dan Storck, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on November 20th authorized consideration of a comprehensive plan amendment to include natural landscaping at county facilities in the county’s Policy Plan.
The November 6th election brought a change in party leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives in the 116th Congress. Many Washington observers predict that House committees will conduct more oversight of federal-agency actions.
Every year, area jurisdictions prepare requests for legislation that they send to the Virginia General Assembly.
ASNV is participating in a Fairfax County drone task force, called the Public Safety Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Task Force, led by the Office of Emergency Management, which is reviewing practices for use of these systems and focusing on how to “effectively and safely implement a UAS program” in the county.
The Arlington Tree Action Group is working to stop tree destruction and to preserve trees in Arlington.
Alexandria dubs itself an “eco-city” and has several initiatives under way.
At the urging of ASNV, starting in 2005, and with a big push from Mount Vernon Supervisor Dan Storck this year (13 years later!), Fairfax County staff are reviving and formalizing a county natural-landscaping plan for certain county properties. Kambiz Agazi, Fairfax County’s environmental coordinator, gave a presentation to supervisors in October.
Auduboners will have an opportunity in January to share views and suggestions on improving the local environment in Fairfax County.
Plan now to attend the Virginia Conservation Network’s (VCN) preview of the 2019 Virginia General Assembly, December 1, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
ASNV joined 30 other conservation groups last month to express continued support for listing of the Red-cockaded Woodpecker as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act.
On November 6, Virginians will elect 11 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and one U.S. Senator. Many observers contend that the outcome of this election could change the party composition and leadership in the House and Senate, including several Virginia House seats.
Would you like to help ASNV learn about priority environmental topics and discuss a coordinated approach to advancing policy in the upcoming Virginia State legislative session? In preparation for Virginia’s 2019 General Assembly, Virginia Conservation Network (VCN) and its partners, including ASNV, will convene for a preview of what’s in store for our natural landscapes and resources.
One of our sister organizations, the Sierra Club's Virginia chapter, has published a scorecard that rates Virginia state legislators on conservation issues in the 2018 General Assembly session.
Alexandria's Environmental Policy Commission is making recommendations to the City Council in an update to the Environmental Action Plan. The 2030 update is being done in two phases. This first phase is for short-term actions recommended within five years to FY 2023.
The U.S. Congress is considering many measures that would, if enacted, undermine long-standing environmental protection laws.
Members of ASNV met last April with representatives of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter the Fairfax County Animal Shelter Advisory Board to discuss concerns about the impact of free-roaming cats on birds and other wildlife and about the shelter’s Trap, Neuter and Return program. At the conclusion of the meeting, animal shelter officials invited ASNV to comment and offer suggestions on how the subject is covered on the shelter’s new website.
Regulation of recreational drone-flying is lax at best, an administrative and legal shortcoming that jeopardizes wildlife because drones can disturb birds and other animals, particularly nesting birds and their young.
Here’s a chance to advocate for Loudoun County’s natural assets, current and potential. The county is holding meetings on Envision Loudoun to receive input on county policies affecting land use and conservation.