The National Park Service (NPS) is preparing a plan, called a “recreation plan,” for Jones Point Park in Alexandria on the Potomac River. At least 84 species of birds have been observed in the park.
NPS is seeking public input by September 9 and wants the plan to “reflect community needs.” The current draft strongly emphasizes recreation.
Auduboners may wish to urge NPS to preserve and restore more natural areas, to plant more native plants and to restore more biodiversity. More natural areas on Jones Point and along the river could provide experiences like outdoor “classrooms,” nature study, nature walks, nature photography and bird and wildlife watching, for example.