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Discover Western Prince William October
Prince William
Conservation Alliance
Celebrates 15 Years
The Northern Piedmont
region of Virginia is
known for its beautiful
landscapes, and
there continues to
be a strong movement
to protect our outdoor
spaces. Stemming from Prince William
County's 1998 adoption of an Urban Growth
Boundary, a designated Rural Area (known
as the Rural Crescent) has been staunchly
protected. The
Prince William Conservation
Alliance (PWCA) was born of this movement,
and for the past 15 years, it has striven to
live up to its mission to "protect and enhance
natural areas and healthy communities
through stewardship, recreation, and
PWCA founding
member and
executive director
Kim Hosen notes
that a variety of
volunteer groups
dedicated to local
conservation efforts
banded together in
late September 2003
to form the Alliance, and several founding
board members continue to provide the group
with institutional memory as it moves forward
with its efforts, which are many!
"We believe that ensuring healthy communities
for our children and grandchildren is based
in preservation of the natural environment,"
Kim says." PWCA therefore sponsors a wide
variety of programs pertaining to natural
areas, such as the Nokesville Christmas Bird
Count. The National Audubon Society started
this tradition over 100 years ago, and today,
people from all over the country participate.
Survey areas cover 113,000 acres, where
teams identify and count birds, and submit
the results to the National Audubon Society
database. In addition, this past summer, the
Alliance conducted its first butterfly count,
which has a similar purpose to the bird count.
It also hosts natural area tours and a range of
conservation-based community programs and
advocacy initiatives.
Community donations are the most valuable
source of income that allow the Alliance to
continue its good work, and there's a fun
opportunity just ahead! On Sunday, October
15 from 6:00­9:00 p.m., consider attending
"Under the Stars," a fundraiser held at the
home of Cindy Smith and Rick Linsday in
Nokesville. The evening will feature great
food, as well as a program of several seven-
minute presentations on topics such as
"Biodiversity in Your Backyard," "Native Plants
& Naughty Neighbors," and more. Tickets are
$50 each and can be purchased online at To learn more, visit
the website or call
(703) 499-4954.
~ Nancy Griffin-Bonnaire
Kim Hosen
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