Funding available to help fight pest plants
November 28, 2016
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has made $644,000 available for landowners to combat the spread of non-native invasive vegetation in a 10-county area surrounding Shenandoah National Park.
Shenandoah National Park bans fires as drought conditions persist
November 23, 2016
Shenandoah National Park has instituted a park-wide fire ban, as many other public lands have, as high winds and dry conditions continue to increase the likelihood of wildfires.
Shenandoah, Warren continue to recycle glass
November 17, 2016
Shenandoah and Warren counties don’t plan to stop recycling glass waste though some localities have done so as demand for the material falls.
Fire ban in effect for area national forests
November 16, 2016
Statewide fire bans have been instituted across several southern states as drought conditions and ample fuel sources are making for optimal conditions for wildfires.
Protesters gather in Winchester: Pipeline opponents stand in solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux tribe
November 15, 2016
WINCHESTER – A group of about 30 activists gathered peacefully at the entrance to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday to protest the continuance of an oil pipeline project in North Dakota.
Dam projects completed at Bryce Resort
October 31, 2016
A yearlong project of around $8 million has come to an end with the completion of the Lake Laura and Bird Haven dams in Bryce Resort.
Extension office to offer water testing
October 10, 2016
Area residents concerned about their water can test for lead and other common contaminants through a program beginning next month.
An awesome view: Feds discuss climate change, progress on reducing haze
October 6, 2016
ROBERTSON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy hiked to the top of the highest peak in Shenandoah National Park on Thursday. As they looked down on blankets of pure white clouds hovering over the valley from the summit of Hawksbill Mountain, they spoke about regional haze and climate change.
Two red pandas die at Smithsonian facility in Front Royal
August 8, 2016
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal has announced the death of two of its red pandas. The cause of death is unknown, as necropsy results came back with “no obvious contributing factors,” said Pamela Baker-Masson, associate director of communication for the Smithsonian.
Cleanup campaign for Crooked Run area laid out
July 5, 2016
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, with assistance from the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District and Friends of the North Fork came together to hold a community meeting to present and give updates on a clean-up plan for certain streams in the Crooked Run watershed Wednesday. Streams included in the plan were Crooked Run, Stephens Run, West Run and Willow Brook.
DEQ releases solid waste report
June 26, 2016
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has released its solid waste report for 2015.
Conservation board recognizes contributions
June 9, 2016
Lord Fairfax Soil & Water Conservation District chairman Richard “Dick” Hoover recognized three “stars” to start off district’s board of directors meeting Thursday.
Brown kiwi chick hatches at Smithsonian
June 3, 2016
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal is now home to a healthy young North Island brown kiwi chick.
Public turns out to clean up streams
May 12, 2016
The cleanups of portions of Stony and Mill creeks that took place Saturday were a success, said Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Conservation Police Officer Owen Heine.
Workshop will focus on encouraging backyard forestry
May 6, 2016
Virginia Cooperative Extension will be hosting a workshop for homeowners on woodland stewardship in Winchester on Friday.
Cleanups slated for portions of Stony and Mill creeks
May 3, 2016
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries needs the public’s help with a cleanup of two area trout streams.
Engineering a new kind of pest control
April 28, 2016
As the winter cold gives way to spring, the pesky brown marmorated stink bug population will start crawling from refuge in attics and buildings to lay eggs and wreak havoc on crops later in the season.
Growers vs. stink bugs: learning effective chemical use
April 28, 2016
In the years since brown marmorated stink bugs began creeping into the Northern Shenandoah Valley, farmers and growers have been doing what they can to reduce damage to their produce.
Making an Impact
April 22, 2016
WOODSTOCK – Central High School students began building a composting site behind the school to reduce the school’s food waste on Friday.
Fire keeps raging; smoke drifts up valley
April 22, 2016
The fire raging in Shenandoah National Park for the past week has brought the smell of burning wood as far as Washington D.C., according to Sally Hurlbert, public information officer for the park.