Flying Drones in Our Parks

Fairfax County Park Authority staffers have prepared a proposal to allow the flying of recreational drones in two more county parks, Lake Fairfax and Popes Head.  Currently, this activity is allowed only in Poplar Ford Park.

ASNV has raised many questions about expanding recreational drones in county parks and met with park officials who have informed us that they are no longer considering the Laurel Hill site "due to the potential for natural resource conflicts."  Auduboners have observed meadowlarks and bobolinks on this property.

FCPA will hold a public meeting and a public comment period on December 11, 7 p.m. at Oak View Elementary School, 5004 Sideburn Road in Fairfax, VA.  Interested speakers may sign up in advance by contacting the FCPA Public Information Office. Individuals may speak for three minutes; groups or organizations may have one speaker for five minutes. Speakers may also sign up at the meeting. To sign up as a speaker, to send your comments or for more information you can contact Public Information Officer Judy Pedersen at 703-324-8662 or via Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov. Public comments will be accepted through January 11, 2018. The FCPA announcement is here.

You can read our letter to FCPA, also signed by the American Bird Conservancy and the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust, here.

To get a copy of the staff report, contact Ryan Stewart at ryan.stewart@fairfaxcounty.gov.