We hope you enjoy this issue of Saving Nearby Nature from the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust . Let us know if you have any questions or suggestions.

Northern Virginia Conservation Trust

     Saving Nearby Nature                  January 2017
You're Invited! Celebrate conservation with NVCT
Join the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust on Tuesday, March 30, at the Tysons Corner Marriott for a lunch event that will Delight the Palate and Nourish the Land, making the connection between the food we adore and the land we love. The featured speaker is Cathal Armstrong, chef of Restaurant Eve in Alexandria. Save the date, and look for more information on our website, www.nvct.org.  
News                                                Read about nearby nature
NVCT's newest conservation easements in urban and rural areas
Prince William County
Fairfax County
Loudoun County
The Trust worked with three private landowners in Prince William, Fairfax, and Loudoun counties to conserve valuable natural lands. The Prince William conserved property in Nokesville is located in both the county's Rural Crescent and the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area; the Fairfax easement is an oasis of natural land in the center of McLean ; and the 20-acre Loudoun land protects the scenic and rural character of the land which is surrounded by other important conserved land.
Volunteer workday at Salona Jan. 21 
Join NVCT and Fairfax Master Naturalists for a series of workdays to clear invasive species, starting this Saturday, at the historic Salona property in McLean. Help control aggressive plant species, including English Ivy, Oriental Bittersweet, and Autumn Olive. The property is protected by a conservation easement, and will become a Fairfax County Park.
Get information on Saturday's cleanup at Salona Madows and the upcoming schedule.  
What we're following in the General Assembly
NVCT and Virginia's nonprofit land trusts support the Virginia Land Preservation Tax Credit (LPTC), and want to let our state senators and delegates know how important it is to land conservation. The LPTC is is very important in both the urban and rural areas we serve, and is the single most effective tool Virginia has to protect clean air and water, historic and scenic landscapes, farm and forest land, and natural ecosystems.

If you believe in the power of land conservation, contact your Senator and Delegate in the Virginia General Assembly and let them know that the you support the Virginia Land Preservation Tax Credit in its current form. You can check who your representatives are at   http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/
Photo Credit: Toni Genberg; Shannon O'Neil
Sharing the wisdom 
Aldo Leopold Read-a-Thon

NVCT's public reading of "A Sand County
Almanac" was a great way to share the wisdom of noted conservationist Aldo Leopold. The Trust's 3rd annual read-a-thon was held at Busboys and Poets in Shirlington to celebrate Leopold's 130th birthday. Thanks to all our readers and our avid listeners!

When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. 
                    --Aldo Leopold 
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