On February 5, 2019 the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors met to consider whether to remove two proposed bike trails through Huntley Meadows Park in southeast Fairfax County from the County’s Comprehensive Plan and Bicycle Master Plan.
Last month, ASNV sent comments to Arlington County staff (and Board members) on a proposed Bicycle Element to the County’s Master Transportation Plan. ASNV forcefully opposed two proposed off-street bike trails that would endanger natural resources in Glencarlyn and Barcroft Parks, including Moses Ball Spring, the associated creek to Long Branch Creek, and the globally significant Magnolia Bog. ASNV also opposed widening or adding lighting to the W&OD and Four Mile Run trails in natural areas of Glencarlyn and Bluemont Parks.
Prince William County is reviewing its Comprehensive Plan this year. The Comprehensive Plan is vitally important for county planning of amenities such as parks and natural recreation areas. The county has far less parkland per resident than is called for by its own standards, a situation that will only get worse as population increases.
The loggerhead shrike, or butcher bird, has seriously declined over the last half century, with current numbers estimated to be only a quarter of what were in 1966. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) is currently working to understand what is driving the decline.
Fairfax County law enforcement and emergency management staff are drafting an operations manual for using drones in their work. ASNV is participating in the task force drafting the manual. Below is the schedule. ASNVers may wish to speak at some of the public meetings or submit comments.
ASNV submitted comments to the Arlington County Board in December on the final draft of Arlington County’s Public Spaces Master Plan (PSMP), which will guide public-space decisions for the next 20 years. ASNV urged the Arlington County Board to consider making the PSMP more unambiguously reflect the need for preservation of natural resources in Arlington County and the need for expansion of natural areas for public benefit.
ASNV’s Annual Report, now online, reviews major activities from July 2017 through June 2018, underscoring that ASNV has had a very productive fiscal year.
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.
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.