Conservation Policy & Advocacy News Around the Region: Winter 2017 edition

Maryland

More Trees Please!: Maryland’s Forest Conservation Act is a wonderful law, but it has some pretty big loopholes that mean that when developers cut down trees in big tracts of intact forests, sometimes they only have to replant back ¼ as many as were lost (or less!). ANS will be working with a statewide coalition next legislative session to improve the act.

Virginia

Watershed protection & access to green space on the Richmond Highway: Embark Richmond Highway is an initiative focused on creating a multimodal future for Richmond Highway (Rt. 1) Corridor where residents, workers, and visitors can walk, bike, or drive to the places they want to go. ANS is a leading environmental organization engaging with the planning process, and we are advocating for better watershed protection, stormwater management, and access to green space for residents. To attend meetings or learn more visit fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/embarkrichmondhwy/

Ralph Northam elected as the new Virginia Governor. Our work with state- and local-level elected officials and agencies to hold the line for environmental protections in this time of a deteriorating federal role is essential. ANS will work with the new Governor to continue to push our priorities on clean water, habitat protection, and equal access to nature for all.

D.C.

Share your thoughts on the future of Rock Creek Park’s Nature Center and birding area: Last winter, the National Park Service considered several different options for changing the layout and infrastructure at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center and nearby maintenance yard (one of our region’s best spots for birding). Thanks to your comments opposing the most development-intensive alternative, that option has been dropped and the other alternatives modified. Learn about the new draft concept alternatives and submit your comments by December 15th at parkplanning.nps.gov/rocrdcp

About Eliza Cava

Eliza Cava is the ANS Director of Conservation, where she leads our MD & DC policy, advocacy, and conservation outreach work, supervises our citizen science programs and VA advocacy work, and supports Woodend restoration as a demonstration landscape for the region.

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