Environment

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.

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

Richard Hoover

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

Jennifer Flynn

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

Wayne Pence, assistant manager at the Front Royal Fish Hatchery, holds a net of catfish inside the facility off Mountain Road on Friday that is used for display purposes. Pence is the only full-time employee at the hatchery, which produces walleye and smallmouth bass fingerlings. Rich Cooley/Daily

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.

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 in October. 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.