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A Week of Native Planting and Cleanup Success with NVCT

Updated: Oct 31, 2023

The Northern Virginia Conservation Trust (NVCT) held two successful community events that showcased our continued commitment to preserving and protecting our natural lands and waters. These events celebrated the power of collective action and community engagement. On 10/19 we organized a native planting day at a newly conserved preserve on Little Hunting Creek in Fairfax County. On 10/21 we collaborated with wonderful partners Port City Brewing and the City of Alexandria for a trash cleanup at Ben Brenman Park. It’s incredible the difference that volunteers make in improving habitat and enhancing outdoor experiences, and we really appreciate everyone who joined us.

Thursday, October 19, 2023: Little Hunting Creek Planting Day

Nestled in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County, our Little Hunting Creek-South natural area encompasses half an acre of land and creek frontage featuring mature tree cover and diverse tidal and open-water habitats. The site offers breathtaking scenic views of the creek, making it a cherished local treasure. With the dedication of many local volunteers, we planted approximately 500 native plants on the property to significantly enhance its ecosystem health. One of the primary objectives of the planting day was to transform a significant portion of the grassy lawn into a meadow of native plants. Earth Sangha, Friends of Little Hunting Creek, and Volkswagen, all partners of The Trust, joined forces to make this vision a reality.

Conservation Success:

Our native planting day at the LHC-South property marked another milestone in NVCT's ongoing mission to protect community natural areas. This preserve, together with several others we steward along Little Hunting Creek, plays a critical role in managing urban development, ensures the protection of the creek shoreline, and supports mature trees and native plants that actively sequester carbon emissions, making them vital for climate protection.

Saturday, October 21, 2023: Brenman Park Cleanup

On 10/21, NVCT partnered with Port City Brewing and the City of Alexandria to organize a trash cleanup event at Ben Brenman Park. The dedicated volunteers, along with several members of our staff team, came together to clean up the park and enhance its natural beauty. After a morning of hard work, participants celebrated at Port City Brewing, emphasizing the importance of collaboration and community engagement in safeguarding our natural spaces.

The Power of Partnership:

Partnerships are at the core of NVCT's land and water protection efforts, and our collaboration with businesses like Port City Brewing and localities like the City of Alexandria exemplify what can be achieved when we work together. These partnerships are a testament to our shared commitment to protecting and preserving what is great about Northern Virginia. They demonstrate that we can create a more sustainable and beautiful future for future generations to enjoy.

Last week's local community events highlighted our volunteers' dedication and the growing power of partnership. They enhanced natural habitat and emphasized the significance of community involvement in protecting our shared park experience. It’s a great reminder that we can achieve remarkable feats when we work together to safeguard and nurture the natural world around us.

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