Urban Conservation in the City of Alexandria
The Trust holds six conservation easements with private landowners and owns one wetlands parcel in the City of Alexandria. These sites preserve green space, provide a “sense of place” and community beauty, and protect tree canopy. They also provide wildlife habitat, buffer public park land, and help curb the effects of polluted runoff in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
The City of Alexandria’s Open Space Plan includes a focus on voluntary conservation easements to protect privately owned open space, and NVCT is a partner in that work.
Alexandria property owners have worked with the Trust to protect notable sites with important conservation values:
- The historic remains of a Civil War rifle trench and artillery battery (read more);
- A property protected under the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance;
- Land bordering Monticello Park, providing seasonal habitat to a large number of warblers and other rare migratory birds.
The newest conservation property is a 2-acre wetlands, located where Cameron Run and Hunting Creek meet before flowing into the Potomac River. It is a highly developed area, sandwiched between major freeways and an apartment complex under construction, but the land is undeveloped. The site is listed as an eBird “Hotspot,” with more than 100 different bird species observed in the immediate vicinity.
Open space and natural areas in the City
This map shows public land and parks in dark green, NVCT conserved lands marked with red dots, and other private easements in bright green. Click on the map below to see a larger version.