The Dulles Greenway and its parent company, Toll Road Investors Partnership II (TRIP II), have had a significant impact on the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy through the annual Drive for Charity. Their donations over the last 16 years have been instrumental in enabling Loudoun Wildlife’s growth and maturity. Funding from the Drive for Charity has contributed to the success of all parts of Loudoun Wildlife’s mission, from citizen science, to education, to habitat conservation. As a result of our long relationship, Loudoun Wildlife has continued to steward and study the 149-acre Dulles Greenway Wetlands Mitigation Project, finding 158 bird species there during its five-year Bird Atlas, the second-highest number for Loudoun’s Great Places. The property is referenced throughout Loudoun Wildlife’s 2019 publication The Birds of Loudoun. Loudoun Wildlife periodically leads nature walks onto the property, educating people about the rare and unique species that reside there.
In 2018 Loudoun Wildlife (upon development concern from the Lucketts Ruritan Club) engaged and encouraged Chuck and Stacy Kuhn to purchase and protect the 87-acre globally rare wetlands outside of Lucketts known as JK Black Oak Wildlife Sanctuary. In 2019, Chuck and Stacy placed the property under a conservation easement held by the Land Trust of Virginia, permanently protecting the property from future development. In November 2019, Loudoun Wildlife completed the first habitat restoration project there, designed to buffer an exposed vernal pool and enhance the habitat for amphibians and other wildlife. Loudoun Wildlife purchased the property from the Kuhns at a conserved value in 2020.
Microsoft provides funding for our advocacy, citizen science, education, and habitat conservation programs. Support from Microsoft increases our capacity to meet the growing challenges of protecting healthy wildlife habitats in Loudoun County. Microsoft’s contributions ensure that our staff has the resources they need to leverage the strength and knowledge of our volunteers. Loudoun Wildlife is grateful for Microsoft’s investment in the future quality of life for wildlife and people in Loudoun County.
Through our community partnership, Northwest Federal Credit Union (NWFCU) member donations to Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy (LWC) are used for everything ranging from operating costs to program speaker fees and habitat restoration projects. NWFCU membership enables people who may not know about LWC to join our organization for only $10 while also receiving the benefits afforded by being part of the credit union. In turn, LWC members can take immediate advantage of NWFCU’s many financial services and offerings. Read more here.
Nature, wild nature, dwells in gardens just as she dwells in tangled woods, in the deep of the sea, and on the heights of the mountains; and the wilder the garden, the more you will see of her.
Herbert Ravenel Sass