Photography Exhibition of Tysons Last Forest - March 22 – April 14, Reception – April 6th
Our local non-profit 1st Stage Tysons Theatre and Gallery hosting an exhibition of our amateur photographs of Old Courthouse Spring Branch RPA (“Tysons Last Forest). So please choose your favorite photos of Tysons Last Forest and e-mail them to Debby Conn, 1st Stage Curator at firstname.lastname@example.org, before Friday, February 22nd. Fill out the form by February 22nd too. She will choose which photos the Gallery will show and notify you accordingly. Come March 19th, you bring over the framed photographs, and the 1st Stage Tysons Gallery exhibits them in their gallery from march 22 – April 14 – with an awesome reception on Saturday night, April 6th. See Prospectus for the details Here More Updates
Highway Ramp is planned through the Old Courthouse Spring Branch Stream Valley Parkland. STOP the Fairfax County Dept. of Transportation from finalizing the plan.
Learn more about the issue:
o Please watch this short video ------------------------------------------------------------------------------->>
o Review the "Brief Summary of issues" document Click Here
o Read the news articles Click Here
o Read Jim McEwen's testimony to the Planning Commission Click Here
o Read the Coalition Paper Click Here
Explore this website to get more details on the benefits of the forest and why we should respect it.
See the material under the various tabs describing the history, the wildlife, and the importance of watershed integrity. If you agree with our position, then please:
o Contact the Fairfax County Government, and tell them how you feel.
Write an email and copy them all Click Here
o Sign the online petition. You can add your reason. Click Here
o Get more involved. Come to our meetings and learn what you can do. Join us
in meetings with our government representatives. Organize your
neighborhood and expand our coalition. Click Here to contact us.
o Take a walk in the forest. Take pictures, and display them on this web site.
o Get Updates by following @SaveTysonsLast Twitter feed and participate in the
"The Forest Issue In a Nutshell"
URGENT ACTION NEEDED:
Below is the summary of issues for guidance and the email contacts for all of the supervisors.
Please use your own words in your emails to the county leaders, supporting Supervisor Hudgins Motion to ensure that FCDOT takes the RPA option no. 3 off the table (no highway through the Tysons Last Forest).
Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) proposed “Preferred Option 3” of the Dulles Toll Road Ramp Study would build a highway ramp through Old Courthouse Spring Branch Stream Valley (“Tysons Last Forest”), effectively destroying the stream valley.
– please direct the FCDOT to take “Option #3” off the table. For more information, see
• All land deeds that gave the County public ownership to Old Courthouse Spring Branch Stream Valley park
include protective covenants that require “open space” … “parkland” … “substantially in its natural
• The Fairfax Comprehensive Plan requires “protection, preservation, and restoration” of the Old Courthouse
Spring Branch Stream Valley; and prohibits “hardscapes”.
• State and County environmental laws and policy protect the stream valley as a Resource Protection Area
(RPA), an Environmental Quality Corridor (EQC), 100-year floodplain, nationally-recognized wetlands, habitat,
critical part of Difficult Run Watershed, and valuable for proper stormwater management.
• Ash Grove Historic Site, home of Lord Fairfax himself, would be substantially impacted by this ramp proposal
• If the County keeps the “option” on the table, it will cost millions of dollars to “study” it, prepare an
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), and overcome all the legal and regulatory challenges on the local,
state, and federal levels. Because the land is publicly-owned parkland with significant environmental
impacts, federal law allows the County to eliminate this option from further study. Instead of “studying” the
proposal to build a four-lane highway ramp through a protected stream valley, the County staff should be
“documenting” why they will not do so.
• Please review the May 31, 2012 memo from Fairfax County Park Authority Director John Dargle, Jr. to FCDOT
Director Tom Biesiadny for a detailed list of potential impacts.
Contacts for the Board of Supervisors:
Please send one brief, personalized e-mail and copy all the Supervisors (or call):
1. Fairfax County Board Chairman Sharon Bulova
Call 703-324-2321 or e-mail email@example.com
(Transportation Aide – Mark Thomas – firstname.lastname@example.org)
2. Supervisor Cathy Hudgins (our Hunter Mill representative)
12000 Bowman Towne Dr., Reston, VA 20190
Call 703-478-0283 or e-mail email@example.com
(Transportation Aide – Paul Davis – Paul.Davis@fairfaxcounty.gov)
3. Supervisor Jeff McKay (Lee District) – Chair, BOS Transportation Committee
Call 703-971-6262 or e-mail LeeDist@fairfaxcounty.gov
(Transportation Aide – Joan Clark – firstname.lastname@example.org)
4. Supervisor John Foust (Dranesville) – 703-356-0551
Also represents Tysons Corner (north of the Dulles Toll Road)
5. Supervisor Linda Smyth (Providence) – 703-560-6946
Also represents Tysons Corner (near Falls Church)
6. Supervisor John Cook (Braddock) - 703-425-9300
7. Supervisor Penny Gross (Mason) - Phone: 703-256-7717,
8. Supervisor Gerry Hyland (Mount Vernon) - 703-780-7518
9. Supervisor Pat Herrity (Springfield) - 703-451-8873
10. Supervisor Michael Frey (Sully District) - 703-814-7100
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