The Virginia General Assembly will reconvene to consider Governor Terry McAuliffe’s vetoes and amendments to bills that the legislature passed. Auduboners can weigh in to the Governor now and with state legislators before April 5.
Local governments are now preparing budgets and holding public hearings on their proposed 2018 budgets. Conservation measures are in tough competition with many other needs. Auduboners can speak up for parks, natural resources and more environmentally-sensitive policies and practices.
Contractors for the George Washington Memorial Parkway of the National Park Service have been cutting trees along the parkway in the past few months, which has aroused concerns among many people. GWMP officials say that they are removing trees that present a public hazard.
This year’s session of the state legislature will end on February 25. Among other bills, legislators will consider bills addressing encouraging solar energy, disclosing fracking chemicals, disposing of coal ash and Alexandria’s untreated sewage going into the Potomac River.
Most national environmental groups, including the National Audubon Society, believe that the current Congress and the Trump Administration will try to weaken many current federal environmental policies.
The Fairfax County Park Authority recently issued this press release which apparently presents a challenge to conservation-minded people. “The Park Authority is ramping up long range planning efforts to align existing plans and current initiatives with agency goals for the future."
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The Fairfax County delegation to the General Assembly will hold a hearing to receive comments from the public on Saturday, January 7, at 9 a.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center. Fairfax County residents who want to sign up in advance to speakshould register online or contact the Office of the Clerk to the Board of Supervisors
Auduboners can comment on the state of Fairfax County’s environment and how to improve it at a public meeting of the Fairfax County Environmental Quality Advisory Council (EQAC) on January 11, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in conference rooms 9 and 10 of the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, Virginia.
Government officials, electeds and others, need to hear from the people they serve. A functioning democracy requires an active citizenry. ASNV will host an advocacy training workshop on Saturday, March 18, 2017, in the afternoon at Green Springs Gardens, Annandale/Alexandria
Many local jurisdictions develop master plans for their parks. The master planning process provides the public opportunities to influence decision-making and influence the nature of parks and the activities they can support.
On November 8, all incumbent Northern Virginia U.S. representatives were re-elected: Cong. Don Beyer (D-8); Cong. Gerry Connolly (D-11); Cong. Barbara Comstock, (R-10); and Cong. Rob Wittman (R-1). Virginia’s U.S. Senators, Tim Kaine (D) and Mark Warner (D) were not up for re-election in 2016.
Local governments are preparing to unveil their budgets in the coming months and to hold public hearings. Given recent media reports, many budgets will be tight which means that conservation measures will be in tough competition with many other needs.
The Fairfax County Environmental Quality Advisory Council (EQAC) will hold its annual public hearing on the environment on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in conference rooms 9 and 10 of the Fairfax County Government Center
The Master Plan for Lake Accotink Park is being updated, and as part of that process, the Fairfax County Park Authority will host a community workshop on Thursday, October 27, 2016, to help determine the kinds of facilities and programming the community finds most valuable.
Now is the time to urge your candidates to support conservation. In addition to electing a U.S. president and vice president this year, Virginians will elect 11 members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
The 100th anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) this year is an opportune time for advocates to urge elected officials and candidates to provide stronger support, especially more funding, for our 413 national park sites.
You can speak out for conservation at several meetings that will focus on the Virginia Outdoors Plan, now being revised by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). State officials are gathering information about the need for conservation and recreation across Virginia to update the plan.