Action Alert: More Trees, Please! Let’s work together to improve Maryland’s Forest Conservation Act

We love trees—they provide food and shelter for wildlife, filter pollution, provide cleaner air and cooler summer temperatures, increase property values, and reduce polluted runoff. But developers in Maryland are clearing forests at an unsustainable rate. Maryland’s Forest Conservation Act (FCA) is supposed to protect forests from overdevelopment. But the … Continue reading

Action Alert: More Trees Please! Volunteers Power Conservation Advocacy for Maryland Forests

A few weeks ago, I joined a handful of other volunteers for a meeting with ANS Conservation Director Eliza Cava and consultant Bruce Gilmore at ANS offices in Chevy Chase, MD.  The purpose of the meeting was to inspire a group of volunteers to act as “an ANS coordinating committee … Continue reading

Woodend Restoration Watch: Winter 2017 edition

Photo Credit Caroline Brewer

With long time Volunteer Program Manager Alison Pearce starting her new role as Director of Restoration, exciting things will start happening faster at Woodend Sanctuary. That’s why we’re unveiling our new recurring feature, Woodend Restoration Watch! Check back regularly to see what’s new and upcoming and our beautiful oasis within … Continue reading

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

MarylandMore 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 … Continue reading

Press Release: ANS WILL “WATCHDOG” PURPLE LINE DEVELOPMENT

“Mourns loss of forest that mitigates climate change and pollution”FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  – August 30, 2017CONTACT: caroline.brewer@anshome.org or 301-652-9188 x 23 for more informationChevy Chase, MD – In response to news that the Purple Line developers broke ground this week, Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS) Executive Director Lisa Alexander issued the … Continue reading

ANS comments on Rock Creek Park Nature Center Complex Development Concept Plan

The National Park Service is considering several different concept plans to redevelop the Nature Center and Maintenance Yard area off Oregon Avenue and Military Road NW in Rock Creek Park.ANS staff and supporters endorse “Concept 2: Fix It” of the Development Concept Plan, provided there is minimal expansion of built … Continue reading

Action Alert: Save Willett Branch Stream Buffer!

Montgomery Parks has a beautiful park planned for the Willett Branch in the Westbard Sector. The residents of the Housing Opportunity Commission’s Westwood Tower Apartments will be big winners with this park, enjoying the benefits of nature, a sparkling restored creek, pedestrian trails that connect to the Capital Crescent Trail … Continue reading

Take Action: Tell the state and federal agencies to Deep Green the Purple Line!

Strong public transit that reduces car use and urban sprawl is an essential part of protecting our region’s land and water. But when new transit infrastructure is built, it must be done right. Right now, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Maryland Department of the Environment, and the Maryland … Continue reading