It's TICK Season!
FOHMP President's Message
Protecting the natural, historical and cultural resources on Huntley Meadows Park (HMP) property is a high priority for the Board of Directors of Friends of Huntley Meadows Park (FOHMP). The Board is working hard to stay on top of activities that could impact the Park. These activities are not just on the Park’s property; we also monitor and engage with our neighbors to make sure that project impacts outside of or adjacent to our property do not adversely impact the ecosystem at HMP. This month we share with you details of two large scale projects that could adversely impact Huntley Meadows Park. We are working very hard with local elected officials, Fairfax County Staff, technical advisors, and project proponents to avoid adverse impacts. These projects are still going through various County, State and Federal review and they will include public hearings or a public comment period. We intend to continue to advocate strongly and to insert ourselves into the process wherever possible to protect all that is at Huntley Meadows Park so that it is intact and protected for us to enjoy today but also for future generations to experience and enjoy.
Dominion Virginia Power project
Dominion Virginia Power is planning to “replace an aging 230 kilovolt transmission line along a 2.6 mile stretch of existing right of way between its Belvoir and Gum Springs Substations in Fairfax"
Monday Morning Birdwalk
In a journal entry in February of 1854, Henry David Thoreau wrote, "Is not January alone pure winter? December belongs to the fall - a wintery November - February to the spring - it is a snowy March. " This description seems mostly true of the winter of 2015/16. Our January was pure winter indeed. Winter is usually a good season for birding. Many migrants settle in our area for the winter; leafless trees make spotting birds easier; there are no biting insects to contend with; and the heat and humidity are not factors. Sometimes, however, we might get too much of a good thing. Portions of this winter have thwarted the Monday Morning birders.
Who We Are
The Friends of Huntley Meadows Park was founded in 1985 and is a nonprofit organization of individuals dedicated to the protection of Fairfax County's premier wetland wildlife sanctuary.
FOHMP was organized exclusively for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes and operates under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Monday Morning Birdwalk
The Monday Birdwalk takes place every week, rain or shine, at 7 AM, is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to all. Birders meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff during normal business hours at (703) 768-2525.
Friends of Historic Huntley
Friends of Historic Huntley is a non-profit citizen group committed to working with the Fairfax County Park Authority to assure the preservation, restoration and appropriate use of Historic Huntley and to enhance the public’s knowledge of the site and the broader historic development of the neighborhood.