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.

Group IDs stream cleaning focus areas

Nesha McRae, right, development coordinator for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality's Valley Regional Office, points out possible locations for pet waste disposal units in residential areas near Stephens City at a residential working group meeting at Lord Fairfax Community College.  Rachel Mahoney/Daily

April 8, 2016

Area conservationists and officials discussed efforts to reduce water contamination on Thursday at a residential working group meeting at Lord Fairfax Community College.

Envirothon looks at invasive species

Strasburg FFA students Ethan Gochenour, 16, left, and Ashley Yanego, 17, had to identify the pest (the emerald ash borer) that left residual damage to a piece of bark during the Envirothon held at Sherando Park in Frederick County on Wednesday.    Rich Cooley/Daily

April 6, 2016

Groups of area high school students endured chilly winds on Wednesday at the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District’s Envirothon competition.

North Fork students learn about local watershed

March 23, 2016

QUICKSBURG – North Fork Middle School sixth graders were called to action to protect the North Fork Shenandoah River Basin by Cindy Frenzel of Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River.

Wildlife center hires veterinarian

Jennifer Riley

February 23, 2016

Blue Ridge Wildlife Center in Boyce has hired Dr. Jennifer Riley as its new director of veterinary services. She will be tasked with specialized care for wildlife the center takes in.

Year in Review: Area environment impacted in 2015

January 1, 2016

A number of positive developments occurred in 2015 for the region’s environment. The Edinburg Mill is receiving a new bioretention system, the governor signed clean energy legislation and the Department of Forestry received new program funding.