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Free Spring Clinics on
Cultivating Native Plants
Dr. Meghan M. McGinty, a botanist, ecologist and Environment and Parks Committee member, will present a series of free clinics on creating a Homegrown National Park in your own backyard. Starting in late March and continuing through April, join Dr. McGinty to learn more about helping our planet locally.
March 30 — Replace your lawn with cardboard mulching and native ground coverings
April 13 — High wildlife-value trees and shrubs to plant
April 20 — Habitat container gardens perfect for kids to make and enjoy
April 27 — Make more of what you already have in your garden by propagating them
Register at: firstname.lastname@example.orgPlease include your name and dates you would like to attend. A confirmation with the Great Falls location of the clinics will be provided on registration.
Our goal is to preserve the semi-rural character of our community while addressing practical concerns like traffic, zoning, retail, schools, parks and the environment where problems arise and solutions must be found.
Since Great Falls is not an incorporated municipality like the Town of Vienna, or City of Falls Church, we lack a town/city government to represent our local interests. The GFCA acts in an unofficial capacity to represent the voices of the citizens of Great Falls on these matters, and works with county, state, and national government to get things done. On Great Falls issues, no other organization has GFCA’s influence with elected leaders at the County and State level, or is as respected by them.
Our charter calls for GFCA to "serve as a community organization to promote all aspects of community interest accruing to a common good and, in general, to preserve the historic, low density, semi-rural character of Great Falls and its natural resources."
EP Committee Presentation on Fairfax County's recycling Program
Town Hall re: Proposed Dark Sky Preserve at Turner Farm Park Observatory
Town Hall re: Springvale Rd. Bridge Replacement -
Deer Management Presentation -
Outdoor Lighting Controls Proposed Around Turner Farm Park Observatory GFCA has historically promoted the community’s dark skies and Fairfax County’s Observatory Park at Turner Farm Park on Springvale Road. In 2015, GFCA held a well-attended educational townhall at the library to bring new attention to the community’s longstanding policy of encouraging dark skies for astronomy purposes, especially at Turner Farm where the Fairfax County Park Authority was making a major investment in a new roll-top astronomy building. That session encouraged a county review of the current ordinance and updating where necessary. Also suggested was an examination of current lighting in Great Falls with an eye to reducing growing light pollution.
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