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Spring at NVCT's newest conservation easement on Pohick Bay
NVCT partners with NOVA Parks for new riverfront easement
NVCT's newest conservation easement is on land within the boundaries of the Pohick Bay Regional Park that was recently acquired by Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NOVA Parks). The property along Pohick Bay had been in private ownership since before the regional park was formed, and will be incorporated into the park.
Paul Gilbert, left, and Alan Rowsome
Photo by Connection Newspapers

NOVA Parks Executive Director Paul Gilbert said, "It is a unique situation to have private, residential property located within the park's borders. This would have been prime land for private development, so to have the opportunity to add it into the park and make it available to the public is something we are really excited about."

NVCT Executive Director Alan Rowsome said,
"Pohick Bay Regional Park is one of the most popular outdoor recreation sites in Northern Virginia, so we couldn't be happier to partner with NOVA parks in enhancing it. As our region continues to grow and develop, it is critical that we set aside and protect natural lands such as this as an investment in our future."

Read more in the Connection Newspaper about the NOVA Parks event last week.
Happy Earth Day  
by Bottlemagic23  CC
 At NVCT, EVERY day is Earth Day!
NVCT welcomes two new staff members
Two new staff members have joined NVCT: Alyssa Hemler, Administrative Coordinator, and Emily Bowman, Outreach and Stewardship Associate.

Alyssa graduated from Oberlin College with a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies. Before coming to NVCT she worked in the Adventure and Outdoors division of Howard County Recreation and Parks in Maryland. With HCRP, Alyssa planned and led camps and programs in rock climbing, kayaking, hiking, archery, camping, and biking. She grew up in Columbia, Maryland and now lives in Fairfax County.

Emily joined NVCT's land team as our Outreach and Stewardship Associate. She will spearhead NVCT's activities to connect our communities to the land, waters, and wildlife of the region. She will also actively monitor NVCT's protected lands with Stewardship Specialist Daniel Saltzberg. Emily comes to NVCT with a degree in sustainable food systems from George Mason University, years of experience in communications and working with the public, and a passion for outdoor photography.

Recent cleanups along Little Hunting Creek
NVCT staff and board members, Friends of Little Hunting Creek, landowners with conservation easements, and neighbors all pitched in for two recent cleanups at NVCT's conservation property along Little Hunting Creek. Both crews came prepared to clean up storm damage, pull invasive plants, work on the trail through the property, and other tasks. Last weekend they also got to see an osprey fly in to where they were working, and snap off a limb in mid-flight and carry it off.

When NVCT cleans up at the property, some of the branches and trees are left on the ground as habitat for birds and animals, and to recycle nutrients back into the ecosystem.

Thanks to all who made such a difference!
Why is planting native important?
Native plants are:
  • Naturally beautiful
  • Low Maintenance
  • Good for the earth

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Look for NVCT at two upcoming community events!
  • Saturday, April 28, Alexandria Earth Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Braddock Park, 1005 Mt. Vernon Ave.,
  • Saturday May 12, 21st Annual Eagle Festival at Mason Neck State Park, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A free event with displays, live animal shows, activities, music, food and more. Located at 7301 High Point Road, Lorton, VA 22079. Click here for information.
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