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.
Staff is recommending several steps, including inventories of current sites using this approach, identifying possible retrofit projects, preparing cost estimates, and prioritizing projects. The Board of Supervisors will consider a comprehensive plan amendment to the policy plan. If approved by the Planning Commission and the full Board, this plan would provide overall guidance to county agencies and encourage more natural landscaping approaches.
Auduboners may wish to advocate for this Audubon-at-Home approach with their planning commissioners and supervisor.