The Dulles Greenway and its parent company Toll Road Investors Partnership II (TRIP II) have had a significant impact to Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy through the annual Drive for Charity, which since 2005 has donated tolls collected on the Greenway on a single day each year to local charities and scholarships.
The Drive for Charity funds have been instrumental in enabling Loudoun Wildlife to grow from an all-volunteer organization with a small footprint within Loudoun County to one with a small staff and a voice for wildlife that is heard and respected.
In 2019, the Drive for Charity donation was $42,000 and we are so thankful for this gift. To date, Loudoun Wildlife has received $506,938 from the annual fundraiser.
Loudoun Wildlife uses the funds to pay for speakers for programs that we offer free to the public, plants for habitat restoration projects that range from stream buffer restoration to Monarch butterfly gardens, resources for designing and developing our amphibian monitoring programs and vernal pool restoration projects, youth activities that bring families together to learn about and explore the wild places around Loudoun together, and underwriting for publishing our one-of-a-kind Field Guide to the Butterflies of Loudoun.
In addition to funds received from the Dulles Greenway, our partnership has been strong through the stewardship of the Dulles Greenway Wetlands. Through our special relationship, Loudoun Wildlife takes small groups to the wetlands to watch local and migratory waterfowl that rely on this critical habitat. We also manage a Bluebird nestbox trail and keep tabs on a long-standing Bald Eagle nest. We appreciate the ongoing stewardship and exceptional attention that the Dulles Greenway pays to making sure this is not only a functioning wetland but a place where wildlife truly thrives.
Since 2005, the Dulles Greenway -TRIP II have donated more than $3 million to seven local charities and local scholarships. The Drive for Charity takes place on the third Thursday of each May. It is a terrific opportunity for commuters and other travelers to take the Dulles Greenway and know that their tolls are going to local nonprofits.