Environment

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.

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.

Dam projects completed at Bryce Resort

Joan Comanor, Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District board member, talks about the funding process for the Lake Laura and Bird Haven dams while at Lake Laura. Rachel Mahoney/Daily

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.

An awesome view: Feds discuss climate change, progress on reducing haze

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, left, and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, speak during a news conference on climate change and haze at the Hawksbill Mountain summit in Shenandoah National Park on Thursday morning. Rich Cooley/Daily

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.

Conservation board recognizes contributions

Bud Nagelvoort, center, future inductee to the National Association of Conservation Districts Hall of Fame, stands flanked by Kendall Tyree, left, executive director of the Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts; and Richard "Dick" Hoover, right, chairman of the Lord Fairfax Soil & Water Conservation District at the district's board meeting Thursday. Rachel Mahoney/Daily

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.

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.

Engineering a new kind of pest control

The brown marmorated stink bug is a pest in farmers' fields and orchards as well as in the home.   Rich Cooley/Daily

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.

Making an Impact

Central High School teacher Rowdy Hoover, left, gives student Josh Unger, 18, the task of drilling screws to support the sides of a compost structure behind the school. Agriculture, science and special education students built the structure with grant money from     Dominion Power. It will be used to compost cafeteria food waste.  Rich Cooley/Daily

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.