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Read up on the news from ANS’ Conservation team. Learn about clean water policy in the DC region, citizen science, stream health, forest & meadow restoration at our Woodend Sanctuary, and more.

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

Rain Gardening- in Your Own Backyard!

By ANS Volunteer Chiara D’AndreaHave you ever wondered what you might do to help conserve the waterways in our area? If so, then creating a rain garden or conservation landscape is a great option for you!  Recently Emily Franc of Anacostia Riverkeeper, and Carla Ellern, RainScapes Planner from Montgomery County’s … Continue reading

Take Action: NoVA Needs Clean Water, not Bad Bridges!

WHAT’s HAPPENING? This Thursday, October 12th the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) will be voting to update a long range transportation plan that will include funding for future projects.WHY DO I CARE? Bridges, roads, rails and transit – what do all of these have in common in VA? According to … Continue reading

My Experience as a Conservation Mapping Intern at ANS

Working for the Audubon Naturalist Society at Woodend Sanctuary this summer has been a truly great learning opportunity. I have met new and interesting people, gained new insights, and learned much more about stream conservation and ecology than I had ever imagined I would.As a conservation intern, my job was to … Continue reading

Through the Eyes of Macros: Looking at Broad Branch Stream Health

Tucked away in the Forest Hills community flows the recently restored Broad Branch stream. At first glance one would not assume that just a few years ago the stream was ‘daylighted’ and removed from the pipe it had been confined to flow through for years. With the help of additional … Continue reading

Conservation Policy & Advocacy News Around the Region: September Edition

Check out some of the big news, success stories, and advocacy efforts of your ANS staff and volunteers over the last few months…NationalThe attacks of the Trump Administration and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on environmental protections continue. In July, Pruitt formally began the process of rolling back the Clean Water … Continue reading