Protecting Habitat on the GW Parkway

The George Washington Memorial Parkway (GWMP), a unit of the National Park System, is undertaking an environmental assessment to rehabilitate the north section of the parkway. This project will involve road and bridge work from Spout Run to Interstate 495.  Comments are due by July 14.  The document is here.

Last year, ASNV expressed concerns about GWMP’s tree removal, cutting, and chipping activity near a new, active bald eagle nest near the parkway and Spout Run, conducted under contract with Bartlett Tree Experts. Auduboners may wish to urge the Park Service to preserve the parkway’s habitat for wildlife, especially in light of continuing tree loss in Northern Virginia.  Protecting these trees and surrounding habitat is in keeping with the federal park agency’s mission, which is this: "The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world."