Budgets reflect priorities. Where does conservation stand? Local governments make decisions on many policies, for example, parks and the types of parks, land use, tree conservation, "pest" control, animal shelters, stormwater management, pollution and more.
Local governments are now holding public meetings on their FY 2016 budget.
In Fairfax County, Board of Supervisors' Chair Sharon Bulova will have two "budget dialogues": March 14, 10 a.m., South County Government Center and 2:30 p.m., Fairfax County Government Center.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors' budget hearings are scheduled for April 7, 4 p.m. and April 8 and 9, 1 p.m. Visit this site for info on speaking.
Prince William County has information here.
Loudoun County has information here.
Check your local government for information on their schedules and plans and speak up.