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Cherokee Indians in NC sign first pact with US Forest Service

The tribal agreement reduces fire risk, restores oak forests, improves wildlife habitat, creates early successional habitat, promotes cultural tourism and recreation, and reduces risk to tribal trust lands. Most similar tribal agreements involve lands in th western US.

Matthew Wells to lead Va. Dept. of Conservation and Recreation

Governor Glenn Youngkin has announced that Matthew Wells is the next director of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. The DCR is Virginia’s lead natural resource conservation agency, overseeing the commonwealth’s natural habitat, parks, clean water, dams and access to the outdoors.

New Virginia state park to be developed in western Loudoun

A 280-acre parcel of the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship preserve in western Loudoun County has been acquired by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation for the development of a new state park.

Va. State Police looking for another upcoming bad weather weekend

As of today, Jan. 13, the weather forecasts for all regions of Virginia indicate they'll be affected by varying combinations of precipitation starting late Saturday, Jan. 15, and continuing through Sunday, Jan. 16.

Burn local wood and measure bulk deliveries of firewood to ensure full value

If you are planning to use firewood this fall or winter, for home heating or a campfire, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) encourages you to take steps to protect Virginia’s forest ecology and your wallet.

New National Christmas Tree from Pa. planted on the Ellipse in President’s Park

Ahead of the holiday season, the National Park Service (NPS) has planted a new National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse in President’s Park. The new tree, a 27-foot white fir (Abies Concolor) from Middleburg, Pa. was donated by Hill View Christmas Tree Farm, and will be the first white fir to serve as the National Christmas Tree.

Town of Occoquan preparing for possibility of flooding

The National Weather Service has issued coastal flood warnings from 6:00 p.m. this evening through 8 a.m. Saturday with the possibility of 2 to 4 feet of inundation above ground during high tide in low-lying areas along the tidal Potomac River and its tributaries. Storms thus have the potential to affect the Occoquan waterfront. Additionally, heavy rain on Friday may lead to road closures associated with flash flooding from streams that enter Town.

Grants awarded to protect and restore Virginia’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the federal-state Chesapeake Bay Program announced Oct. 12 they've received $2.4 million+ in grants for projects to protect and restore Virginia’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The 14 grants announced today will generate $2,115,402 in matching contributions for a total conservation impact of $4.5 million+.

NPS seels comments on proposed deer management program for parks in Washington, D.C. and Maryland

To protect and restore native plants and promote healthy and diverse forests, the National Park Service (NPS) proposes to reduce overabundant deer populations in several national parks in DC and Maryland.

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