Loudoun Wildlife is a voice for wildlife and healthy habitats. Our advocacy program fights to protect our green infrastructure from threats, challenges, and negative impacts. While our desired outcomes are not always achieved, we have had many Conservation Advocacy successes over the years. If you would like to be a part of the team, please fill in our volunteer application form here.
Speaking up for all of Loudoun County’s natural resources
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy has worked across our county to protect natural resources essential to life for both people and wildlife.
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy Positions
Temple Baptist Church:
- Despite objections from Loudoun Wildlife, Piedmont Environmental Council, and others, and contrary to Comprehensive Plan policies, the Board of Supervisors approved the construction of ballfields in the Broad Run floodplain, 5-3-1, on January 19, 2021.
Goose Creek Overlook:
- Advocacy Alert to oppose rezoning proposing increased density on the banks of Goose Creek.
- After initially approving the application, and further outcry from constituents, the Board of Supervisors reconsidered their vote and denied the application. Lessons from the battle of Goose Creek Overlook (Blue Ridge Leader, March 31, 2021).
Short Hill Mountain AT&T Monopole:
- Loudoun Wildlife joined many nonprofits in advocating against and writing multiple letters to the Board of Supervisors (here and here) to oppose the construction of a 125-foot monopole atop the Short Hill ridgeline. Supervisors voted 8-1 to oppose this application, agreeing with the recommendation of denial from the Planning Commission.
Loudoun supervisors deny proposed AT&T cell tower (Loudoun Times-Mirror, October 5, 2021)
- On Jan. 18, 2018, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors (BOS) approved the True North Data Center 5-4, despite County staff recommendations for denial of a rezoning request based on the land’s location in the Transition Policy Area, the environmental sensitivity of the land and public protest in the form of emails, post cards and calls to the Board. Read more here about how the supervisors voted and the case against the data center at this location.
- May 1, 2014 letter to the Board of Supervisors: “No” on Franklin Park Field Lighting
- May 2010 action alert: Please Speak Out for Stream Protections
- Assessment: The Case for Preserving Natural Stream Buffers and Floodplains
Creating a countywide system of linear parks and trails, Emerald Ribbons
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy collaborated with members of the Loudoun County Preservation and Conservation Coalition to advocate for the creation of Emerald Ribbons, aka Linear Parks and Trails (LPAT) System. This interconnected linear parks and trails network will protect wildlife habitat while providing passive recreation opportunities to residents. After being introduced as a Board Member Initiative, a Linear Parks and Trails subcommittee of the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Board was created, and a consultant drafted a framework plan for implementation that has subsequently been adopted by the Board of Supervisors.
Loudoun Wildlife continues to be involved with Loudoun Coalition’s Emerald Ribbons Committee and as a stakeholder on the LPAT subcommittee. The implementation of this ambitious undertaking will take years.
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Protecting Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve,
Loudoun County’s Wildlife Gem
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy has advocated for protection of the Mountain/Piedmont Seepage Swamp – one of just twelve known examples in Virginia – and for maintaining contiguousness of the Preserve’s White Oak Forest.
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy Positions
Helping people to live in harmony with wildlife
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy has organized numerous education and advocacy programs to highlight the important role our most misunderstood species play in our ecosystem, and help people coexist safely with these animals.
- September 2012: Living with Coyotes in Loudoun County
Rebalancing Loudoun County’s approach to preventing tick-borne disease
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy has highlighted research showing that personal protective measures are the best way to prevent Lyme and other tick-borne disease – not spraying pesticides. We have also highlighted evidence that preserving biodiversity and contiguous forest can be key to preventing tick-borne disease – and that focus on deer may be misplaced.
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy Position
- Washington Post, July 16, 2014: In fight against Lyme disease, Loudoun won’t spray public parks with pesticide
Working with coalition partners
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy is active in coalitions at the county level and beyond – a great way to work with diverse groups to address issues of common concern.
- DISCOVER: Education
- EXPLORE: Citizen Science
- RESTORE: Habitat Conservation
- PROTECT: Conservation Advocacy
- PRESERVE: JK Black Oak Wildlife Sanctuary
- ADVOCACY UPDATE: Bles Park Proposal Does Not Help People and Wildlife Thrive Together JANUARY 20, 2022 UPDATE: The Bles Park special exception passed...
- ADVOCACY UPDATE: Protect Bles Park’s Natural Assets JANUARY 6 UPDATE: Additional actions for people to comment and...
- ADVOCACY ALERT: Prevent Route 15 Bypass Through JK Black Oak UPDATE: The informational packet for the Planning Commission’s public hearing...