Announcing our photo contest winners! And read about our latest conservation easement and more NVCT news.
Northern Virginia Conservation Trust

Saving Nearby Nature                            November 2017  
Congratulations, Photo Contest winners!
Thanks to all who submitted photos! See a slideshow of all the adult and youth winners on our website.
Land and Water
1st Place: Allen Melson
Potomac Moon Rising
2nd Place: Brian Smith
Bald Eagle and Baltimore Oriole
3rd Place (tie)
Ed Episcopo, Green Heron at Huntley Meadows Park
Steve Vickers, Whirlpool
Urban Nature
1st Place: Mark S. Jones
2nd Place: Sherry Schellenger Parker 
Monarch Wonder
3rd Place: David Di Fiore
Mirror Image
Youth Category

1st Place: Dallas Hughes

2nd Place: Aidan McCarthy
Wood Frog

3rd Place: (tie)
Rudha Fareed, Crunch
John Rippey, First Frost
Thanks also to our judges,
  • Ray Foote, executive vice president of the National Forest Foundation, and  advisory board member of Scenic Virginia.
  • Bob Wick, wilderness specialist for the Bureau of Land Management and stationed in Sacramento, CA. He services as BLM's unofficial landscape photographer.
And to our prize donors: KH Art Framing who will print and frame the first-place photos for the winners, Earth Treks Climbing & Fitness, Earth Sangha, Great American Restaurants, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mom's Organic Market, REI, Northern Virginia Soil & Water Conservation District, and Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee.
See all the winning photos on our website, 
NVCT celebrates our 100th conservation easement
Ninety acres of open space has been protected in Fairfax County, next to the Manassas National Battlefield and Bull Run. The property, mostly forest and pasture land, is owned by Stonebridge Investments, and is NVCT's 100th conservation easement. John Hickox, managing member of Stonebridge Investments, says, "I am immensely proud of what we are doing. Nobody ever truly "owns" the land--we are all just temporary stewards. It is great to to pass something genuinely untouched on to those in the future." Hickox is president of The Winery at Bull Run which is adjacent to the property. "This is a special place," he says.
NVCT adds to String of Pearls in the Chesapeake
Barbara and Doug Cobb sign the register.
Photo by Jay Fleming
Seven landowners who have conserved their property with NVCT were honored last week by the Chesapeake String of Pearls Project. Congratulations to Rich and Joan Bliss, Douglas and Barbara Cobb, Daniel DuVal and Karen Keys DuVal, Fredette and Tabitha Eagle, Jeffrey and Sally Lindsay, Edward and Molly Newberry, and Adrienne Stefan for being the newest of the 70 "Pearls" throughout the Chesapeake watershed. These easement properties are the first to be honored in Virginia by the String of Pearls and its founder and director, Dick Lahn. The ceremony in Great Falls included a display of plein air paintings of each of the seven properties, created that day by members of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters. See more about this event on our website,
Aldo Leopold NVCT's read-a-thon of
A Sand County Almanac is January 14 

Come celebrate Aldo Leopold's 132nd birthday and hear sections of this still-popular book on Sunday, Jan. 14, 5 p.m., at Busboys and Poets in Shirlington. Let us know if you want to be one of the readers by emailing  [email protected]. Look for more details on our website,

You'll notice that Aldo gets around pretty well for a guy his age. Here are other sightings
University of Mary Washington hosted a program about Aldo Leopold and conservation ethics, with the film "Green Fire."

Aldo Leopold joined staff at the Leopold's Trail 5K and Fun Run on conserved property at Leopold's Preserve in Haymarket
Aldo at an NVCT work day
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