Institute offers property ecology lessons
February 19, 2017
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal’s Virginia Working Landscapes program which works to educate area residents about the ecosystems contained in their property, among other informative efforts.
Woodstock receives grant for rain garden, parking lot overhaul
February 1, 2017
The Town of Woodstock has been approved for a $50,000 grant from the Virginia Conservation Assistance Program.
Funds available for water quality improvement
January 24, 2017
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications from farmers and forestland owners in Shenandoah and Rockingham Counties who are interested in improving water quality in three areas of the Smith Creek watershed.
Conservation district to hold strategic plan meetings
January 23, 2017
The Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District will hold a series of meetings at localities throughout its jurisdiction to explain its new strategic plan and to hear public input from residents of those areas.
New park superintendent excited to get to work
January 17, 2017
Jennifer Flynn, a National Park Service lifer has bee named superintendent of Shenandoah National Park and Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park. She replaces former Superintendent Jim Northup whose retirement became effective Jan. 2.
Park Trust awards grant for post-fire tree regeneration research
December 21, 2016
Ellen Frondorf, a graduate student at the Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota, has been awarded the 2017 Shenandoah National Park Research Grant for her project entitled, ‘Assessing Post-Fire Oak and Pine Regeneration Across a Burn Severity Gradient in Shenandoah National Park.
Deal could expand decades-old fish hatchery
December 16, 2016
STRASBURG – The decades-old Front Royal Fish Hatchery in Warren County could undergo major renovations due to a deal reached over mercury contamination.
DuPont deal would help rivers, fish hatchery
December 16, 2016
A state-run fish hatchery in Warren County would benefit from a large settlement reached between DuPont and government agencies over claims that the company dumped mercury.
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.