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.
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.
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.
The Fairfax County Park Authority is extending the public comment period for the Lake Accotink Park master plan revision through May 28, 2018. FCPA presented lake management options to the community in May 2016 and held a January 22, 2018 community meeting, attended by more than 100 citizens.
Let our Virginia U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, Representatives Don Beyer, Gerry Connolly, Barbara Comstock and Robert Wittman know that the proposed fiscal year 2019 Trump administration budget does not advance conservation.
National Audubon urges members to contact Members of Congress and encourage them “to uphold and support America’s conservation programs.” Visit Action Audubon. National Audubon is also fighting efforts to weaken the Endangered Species Act. Info here.