Local Issue

Take Part in the Virginia General Assembly Preview

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.

ASNV Comments on Fairfax County Domestic Cat Policies

Members of ASNV met last April with representatives of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter the Fairfax County Animal Shelter Advisory Board to discuss concerns about the impact of free-roaming cats on birds and other wildlife and about the shelter’s Trap, Neuter and Return program. At the conclusion of the meeting, animal shelter officials invited ASNV to comment and offer suggestions on how the subject is covered on the shelter’s new website.

Fund Land Conservation

The Virginia Senate will reconvene on May 14 to try to complete action on the state budget.  Conservation advocates are working to increase funding for land conservation.  For the Land Conservation Fund, the Governor’s budget proposed $4.5 million. The Senate cut it to $1.5 million and the House eliminated all funding for the first year and provided $4.5 million in the second year. 

ASNV Advocates Strengthening Controls on Unowned Cats

The Fairfax County Animal Shelter is actively promoting Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), working with volunteers to trap feral cats, spay or neuter them, vaccinate them against rabies and distemper and give them a basic checkup, then eartipping and releasing them back to the location they were originally trapped.... Although this program may sound like a humane way to address a feral cat problem, it is not....