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.
ASNV joined 30 other conservation groups last month to express continued support for listing of the Red-cockaded Woodpecker as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act.
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.
Alexandria's Environmental Policy Commission is making recommendations to the City Council in an update to the Environmental Action Plan. The 2030 update is being done in two phases. This first phase is for short-term actions recommended within five years to FY 2023.
The U.S. Congress is considering many measures that would, if enacted, undermine long-standing environmental protection laws.
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.
Regulation of recreational drone-flying is lax at best, an administrative and legal shortcoming that jeopardizes wildlife because drones can disturb birds and other animals, particularly nesting birds and their young.
Here’s a chance to advocate for Loudoun County’s natural assets, current and potential. The county is holding meetings on Envision Loudoun to receive input on county policies affecting land use and conservation.
You can learn how Virginia’s Members of Congress scored on the League of Conservation Voters’ 2017 scorecard here.
Four ASNVers met with representatives of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter and Gina Lynch, Chair of the County’s Animal Services Advisory Committee, to urge changes in the county’s policies and practices.
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.
Climate change is affecting seasonal patterns, making Virginia summers hotter, extending allergy seasons, increasing mosquito and tick-borne diseases and leading to more coastal flooding, among other problems, concludes a new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council here.
Comment Deadline: May 25
The Fairfax County Park Authority is embarking on development of the FY 2019-2023 Strategic Plan. You can read the draft plan here and submit comments until May 25, 2018 via Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov or on the project website.