Environment/Conservation

Rappahannock Park becomes third in nation awarded International Dark Sky designation

The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) awarded Rappahannock County Park International Dark Sky Park status at the “silver tier” level on February 21, 2019. It is the third Virginia park to receive a Dark Sky Park designation, the other two being state parks. Rappahannock County Park is also the third county park in the U.S. to be awarded this honor. […]

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Free 2019 pond assessments

Have a pond on your property with algae problems, aquatic weed infestations, leaking dam, drainage erosion issues, structural problems, or something else? Look no further for free pond assistance than the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), which provides technical service and guidance to Rappahannock County landowners on a multitude of topics. […]

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Warming up a car in the morning good for your bones but not your engine

He warns that idling a vehicle longer than 30 seconds, even on the coldest days, shortens the life of a vehicle. Bottom line, today’s modern cars are ready to drive in cold temperatures without idling. The best way to warm up a car’s engine is to drive gently at the start. […]

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Female bears as surrogate moms for orphan cubs proves successful

GPS radio-collars are linked to satellites that transmit location data to the biologists. Four of these females currently have approximately 10 month old cubs with them and three to four are expected to have cubs this winter. Using wild female bears as surrogate mothers for orphan cubs has been a successful practice in Virginia. Female bears are excellent mothers and will readily raise orphan cubs. […]

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Rappahannock County has worst recycling rate in state, says 2017 report

“Based on data from 117 local governments across the commonwealth, the state recycling rate is 42.8 percent, which continues the positive trend in Virginia’s recycling efforts,” the report states. In Rappahannock County, which has recycling centers in Washington and Amissville, the recycling rate was only 15.2 percent — 598 recycled tons — the lowest recycling percentage of all reporting communities in Virginia, regardless of population. […]

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Elk population growing in Virginia: How should it be managed?

The purpose of the plan is to provide strategic guidance for the management of elk that will be used by DGIF staff to manage elk into the future and is not intended to detail all strategies that will be used in that management. Please provide all comments to DGIF no later than Dec. 5, 2018. […]

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Seeds and serendipity

While there, the nice professor, Anneke DeLuyker, who has organized the screening, mentioned that Jane Goodall was on site and that if I wanted to stick around she would be speaking to a small group of students that evening. […]

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Conservation funds available to clean up Rappahannock streams

Stream fencing projects typically require a 35 foot stream buffer although a 10 foot buffer is an option also, with a reduction to 50 percent reimbursement. The tax credit applies for this option, too. The primary focus of the state program is the reduction of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment in streams of Rappahannock County and points downstream. […]

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National Park Service nominee knows Shenandoah, other Virginia landmarks

“I was pleased to hear that Mr. Vela understands the devastating effects this chronic underfunding can have on an already old and crumbling NPS infrastructure and has vowed to be a partner so we can work with the [Trump] administration to get this done,” said Senator Mark Warner. […]

Environment/Conservation

Online tree seedling store opens Nov. 1

The Virginia Department of Forestry’s (VDOF) online tree seedling store will open Thursday, Nov. 1, at 10 a.m. Orders may be placed online at buyvatrees.com or by calling 540-363-7000. If the online store opening is delayed, orders will still be accepted by phone beginning Nov. 1. […]

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Washington column for Aug. 30

The biggest hit of the evening was Harman’s spotting scope with a special attachment to allow everyone with a smart phone to get a closeup shot of the moon to send to friends. The waiting line was as long as any ride at Six Flags! Images of the full moon started showing up on social media almost immediately. People enjoyed the evening so much some stayed until after 11 p.m. […]

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Cleaning up the Chesapeake begins in Rappahannock

“For the past few months the Chesapeake Bay Foundation [CBF] has worked with Bean Hollow Grassfed farm in Flint Hill to pilot a solar-powered watering pump for livestock,” explains Kenny Fletcher, the foundation’s communications coordinator in Richmond. […]

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Honeybee losses reach 60 percent

To help bolster the honeybee population, VDACS is encouraging people to become new beekeepers and existing beekeepers to add to their existing hives. In addition, border plantings of bee-friendly plants around crop fields provides needed forage, particularly in hot, dry summer months. […]