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Pictured are staff members from NVCT, Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc., Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation's Natural Heritage Program and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
 NVCT Annual Report

Stay tuned! The Northern Virginia Conservation Trust's latest annual report will be live on our website shortly. You'll get the latest scoop on our newly protected land, a tribute to our incredible donors and much more. With your help, NVCT is Saving Nearby Nature across the region each year.

NVCT In The Community
NVCT's Land Stewardship Specialist, Daniel Saltzberg, recently conducted an annual site visit to one of our 21 owned properties. Joining him were staff members from  Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc., Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation's Natural Heritage Program and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 
Daniel and the team were conducting an annual count of a rare plant species, the Small Whorled Pogonia. We are thrilled to report that the Pogonia's doubled from the visit last year!
NVCT Welcomes a New Staff Member
As we roll into a new season, NVCT welcomes a new face to the team! Danielle Doss joined us in May as our new communications coordinator. She brings with her a background in public relations and nonprofit communications work. Danielle is thrilled to be with the team in order to tell the very necessary story of NVCT to all of you! Check out her full staff bio here.
Landowner Spotlight
When Kathleen Kust was just three years old, she and her family relocated from Lexington, Massachusetts to Alexandria, Virginia. During the family's house hunt, Kust and her brother, who was two at the time, were very keen on the homes that had pools - especially pools that had frogs in them. Eventually, with the help of Kathleen and her brother Robert's input, the family landed on a home in Alexandria that would accommodate her father's work that coordinated with the State Department and the World Bank in Washington, D.C.
60 years later, Kathleen still lives in her childhood home located in the heart of Alexandria where the family holds a conservation easement through the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust. When Kathleen first contacted NVCT, she was living thousands of miles away. "I was living in Sonoma, California and deeply involved still with the park department here (in Alexandria) and these issues, because my mother still lived here. I read the newsletter that announced that NVCT was being formed in 1994."
Shortly thereafter, Kathleen and NVCT began to draw up the easement on her current property. Kathleen recalls that NVCT was the only trust in the area that would cover Alexandria, Virginia and the only one at the time that considered it important to save land in urban areas.
Today, Kathleen and Robert's property is adjacent to a flourishing community park which allows species to thrive on both her property and the surrounding land. Insects, snakes, salamanders, box turtles, squirrels, migratory and local birds, foxes, raccoons, possums, rabbits, and chipmunks are some of the many wildlife animals Kathleen has "hosted" on her property. This year alone, there was a litter of five foxes that called her property home.
When asked what Kathleen loves most about her property, she said, "It feels like a paradise to me, just in general. It always gives me strength and hope." Located on the Arlington ridge, Kathleen's land is home to tree species like Chestnut Oaks and other plants that can withstand dry dappled shade. At the foot of the hill, the Cretaceous clays are exposed. These shrink-swell clays limit drainage, therefore, the plant species that live there must tolerate wet feet. Kathleen's property also features an artesian spring where she planted a mock Virginia magnolia bog. 
"It's something for the ages, for generations to come. Not only can I have the privilege of living here but I can know that I've done something good."
Join Our Alexandria Kayak/Canoe Cleanup on June 30th 9:30 AM - 1 PM

Rain Date! Our canoe and kayak cleanup has officially been rescheduled. Join us at our upcoming kayak cleanup at Hunting Creek in Old Town Alexandria. On Saturday, June 30  from 9:30 am - 1:00 pm we will be embarking on an adventurous outing all while enjoying the great outdoors and beautifying Hunting Creek. If you have a kayak to bring, please let us know. Otherwise, we will provide the boat for you. All ages are welcome so grab a pal and join us on June 30! To RSVP, please email Emily Bowman at ebowman@nvct.org or call 703-354-5093 for more details and to reserve a boat. You can also check out our Facebook event!


NVCT and NOVA Parks Hike on July 15, 2018
On July 15, NVCT will be teaming up with our partner, NOVA Parks, to offer a community hike. The event will be located at Fountainhead Regional Park and will be an interpretive hike hosted by NOVA Park's Roving Naturalist, David Garcia. There are a limited number of spots, so first come, first served! For more information or to RSVP,  please email Emily Bowman at ebowman@nvct.org or call 703-354-5093.
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Photos from 2017 NVCT Photo Contest. Aidan McCarthy, Steve Vickers, Rudha Fareed (Left to Right)

NVCT wants to keep up with you, too! Be sure to share your best photos and videos with us on social media by tagging us @NVCT or using #NVCT. This month we challenge you to snap a photo of any NVCT sign you spot in your community and you could be featured on our social media accounts. You never know - our sign could be lurking in your favorite park!

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Photo Contest
Reminder - Our annual photo contest is almost here. Stay tuned for our July newsletter to receive the full contest details. Check out one of our first prize winners from last year below!

Potomac Moon Rising by Allen Melson
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