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.
Group IDs stream cleaning focus areas
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
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.
Environmental group will seek local action
March 11, 2016
A new chapter of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League held its first meeting in Front Royal on Tuesday.
Clean stream plan reveals need for fence funds, education
March 9, 2016
FRONT ROYAL – Warren County farmers discussed efforts to reduce bacteria in area streams and watersheds at a meeting this week.
Study: Water quality reports not so easy to read
March 8, 2016
Researchers from Virginia Tech have called for more readability in drinking water quality reports. Reports from the area seem to fit in with the results of their studies.
Wildlife center hires veterinarian
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.