NVCT's photo contest, our new executive director, and other September news
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        Northern Virginia Conservation Trust

 Saving Nearby Nature                      September 2017
"Butterfly with Red Gerber Daisy" by Jennifer Fountain, 2016 Nearby Nature Photo Contest  
Share YOUR vision of nearby nature 
Photo contest starts today!
Submit your photos of the area's beautiful urban and rural places in NVCT's Nearby Nature Photo Contest. The contest is open to all non-professional photographers, with prizes for adults in two categories, winner graphic "The Land and Water Around Us" and "Urban Nature," and for a separate youth category. Photos can include shots of nature, people and wildlife. See www.nvct.org for entry details and previous winners. The deadline is Sunday, Oct. 15 at midnight for online submissions of up to four photos. Contact [email protected] with questions. The contest promotes awareness of land conservation and of public lands throughout Northern Virginia, and pictures should capture our nearby nature, in Alexandria and Fredericksburg, and Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, Fauquier, Caroline, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and King George counties.
NVCT welcomes Alan Rowsome as new executive director 
Alan Rowsome at right meets Grady O'Rear on EcoVillage conserved land
This is Alan Rowsome's second week on the job as NVCT's new executive director, and he has already been out on the land with members and friends, and involved in all aspects of NVCT's land conservation work.
For the past 12 years, Rowsome worked for The Wilderness Society in Washington D.C., where he led the organization's government relations, advocacy, and conservation funding work. Read more about Alan by clicking here.   
Happy retirement, Peggy Stevens!
Peggy Stevens

September 6th marked the first day of retirement for Peggy Stevens, who led NVCT for the past four years. Click here to read a thank-you from the board of directors, who acknowledge her contributions to NVCT saying, " We all miss working with Peggy but she leaves knowing that her efforts have created a very strong foundation for NVCT to move into its new phase of growth serving the Northern Virginia region."
Another new face at NVCT  
Greg Meyer
Greg Meyer, NVCT's new fund development coordinator, has spent most of his career raising funds in support of conservation efforts across the country. Most recently he served as vice president of corporate development at American Forests, the nation's oldest non-profit conservation organization.He can be reached at [email protected] or 703-354-5093. 
I n Memoriam
The Board of Directors and staff note with sadness the passing of two former board members, and remember fondly their contributions to NVCT:
  • The Hon. Patsy Ticer, who served on the board for five years from 2011 to 2016. She was a former state senator and Alexandria mayor, and was a strong advocate for land conservation.
  • Gerald Halpin, who served on the board in 2007 and also served on the Advisory Panel. His guidance was invaluable.
Calendar                                                               Experience nearby nature 
Three events on protected properties 
Get out on NVCT conserved land!
Alexandria tidal wetlands is recent NVCT land donation
Kayak Cleanup, Hunting Creek in Alexandria Saturday, Sept. 23, 9 a.m. to noon    
BYOB (that's "bring your own BOAT) and clean up a tidal estuary and wetlands. Contact NVCT for launch site details. A limited number of boats will be available from NVCT. Contact Rentz Hilyer, [email protected]; 703-354-5093. See nvct.org/get-involved/volunteer/
4th Annual Leopold's Trail Fall 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run
Leopold's Trail Run/Walk  
Saturday, Oct. 14, 2 p.m., Haymarket
Run/Walk through NVCT conserved land at Leopold's Preserve, sponsored by the Villages of Piedmont, 16080 Market Ridge Blvd, Haymarket. Look for NVCT at the display tables, and see event details at

Tour Oak Hill historic house and grounds,  
Oak Hill
Saturday, Oct. 21, 12 to 4 p.m., Annandale 
Event sponsored by Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Park Authority. Located at 4716 Wakefield Chapel Road, Annandale. Click here for more about the house.
Aldo Leopold picture 
Aldo Leopold, the father of modern conservation
Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m. at UMW
Green Fire film showing and panel discussion sponsored by NVCT and the University of Mary Washington. Learn more about Aldo Leopold's environmental legacy. Hurley Convergence Center - Digital Auditorium, 1301 College Ave, Fredericksburg, VA. See more on our website,
Helping NVCT                                                           Saving nearby nature 
We're pleased to have had a high school intern this summer and to be working with a skilled volunteer for the last several months. Learn a little about them.
Tony Cuellar, Yorktown HS
Tony spent a month at the Trust, and you can   click here to read his final essay on his experience.
Marek Salanski, GIS volunteer
Marek, a recent Virginia Tech grad, is helping with a mapping project using geographic information systems. Click here  to read about the project.
We depend on supporters like you to help us do the work of link to donate page
  Saving Nearby Nature. Thank you!
Please contact us with any questions about the Trust and our work
703-354-5093  |  4022-A Hummer Rd. Annandale, VA 22003  | email [email protected]