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Effect of weather changes: USDA revises planting zones for Virginia

Revised USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is important to farmers and gardeners because the map recommends when and what to plant based on weather conditions/hardiness zones. Virginia a half-zone warmer.

Manassas firm’s optionally piloted aircraft helps scientists locate great white sharks off Nantucket

Officials of Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation in Manassas recently demonstrated the capabilities of its optionally piloted aircraft in locating and tracking great white sharks in connection with a three-week marine science expedition conducted by OCEARCH off the coast of Nantucket, Mass.

How not to get burned when purchasing firewood

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) offers this advice on how to keep from getting burned when you buy firewood. Grab a tape measure, a yardstick or a ruler.

Discovery Trail to be dedicated Oct. 20

Prince William County school officials, School Board members, and sponsoring organizations will dedicate the new 1.1-mile Discovery Trail that runs from Coles Elementary School to Colgan High School on Thursday, Oct. 20.

The story of one lucky young owl

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There is one lucky owl flying around Prince William County–thanks to the help of kind residents and the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia. The bird was hit by a car this summer, rescued, rehabilitated and released back into the wild this past weekend at Silver Lake Regional Park in Haymarket.

Workshop on keeping a forest in the family

Keeping a forest in the family will be the topic of a two-day short course that will be held October 5 and October 12 at The Inn at Willow Grove in Orange, Va. Attendees will learn what they need to do to successfully pass their land on to the next generation of their family members without breaking up the land or losing it due to tax burdens.

Prince William Conservation Alliance will host an open house Sept. 21

Prince William Conservation Alliance will host an open house at its headquarters, 2241F Tackett’s Mill Drive, Woodbridge, Sept. 21, 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Natural Bridge State Park to open Sept. 24

Natural Bridge, one of the iconic and historic sites in the United States, and 1343 surrounding acres will become the 37th Virginia State Park during a public ceremony at 10 a.m. on Sept. 24.

It’s the law! Call 811 before you dig around on your property

recognition of 811 Day on Aug. 11, Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative and VA811, also known as Miss Utility of Virginia, remind homeowners and contractors to call 811, or 800-552-3120, before digging to landscape, build decks, or do anything that could damage underground utility equipment. Calling 811 before digging is the law.

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