Natural Resource Management and Protection Branch
Over more than 50 years of land acquisition and development by the Park Authority has resulted in significant land acquired to protect streams, wetlands, forests and other resources. This land plays a critical role not only in harboring wildlife, but also in protecting the regions' water resources, controlling flooding and providing recreational resources.
As undeveloped land in the county continues to disappear, parkland will become even more critical to preserving natural resources. At the same time, our parkland faces increased pressure from human activity, invasive species and damage from excessive deer populations.
The Natural Resource Management and Protection (NRMP) Branch is part of the Resource Management Division of the Park Authority. This three person branch coordinates agency-wide efforts to achieve the resource preservation vision of the Fairfax County Park Authority. This includes implementing the agency Natural Resource Management Plan.
Publications and Presentations
- Natural Resource Management Plan
- Highlights of the Natural Resource Management Plan
- ResOURces Article Index
- Elklick Woodlands Natural Area Preserve (very large file: 11MB)
- Old Colchester Park and Preserve Natural Resource Management Plan (large file: 3.9MB)
- Laurel Hill Natural Resource Management Plan (very large file: 8.4MB)
- Treeless Area Technical Manual (very large file: 10.2MB)
- Helping Our Land Heal Educational Poster - Interactive Version
- Helping Our Land Heal Educational Poster - Printer Friendly Version
- Helping Our Land Heal
- Invasive Management Area Volunteer Program
- Marie Butler Leven Preserve
- Riparian Buffer Restoration
- Policy and Strategic Planning
- Resource Management
- Technical Support
- Land Acquisition
- Park Planning and Development
- Development Review
- Outreach and Education
Policy and Strategic
The NRMP Branch makes recommendations related to resource protection on County and Park Authority policy and strategic planning on a regular basis including the agency Strategic Plan and policies and the County Comprehensive Plan.
The NRMP Branch conducts inventories and develops management plans for resource management. This might include forest management plans, invasive exotic plant control, wildlife conflict management, etc.
The NRMP Branch provides technical support to a number of entities including park sites, park planning staff, park operations staff and other county agencies. This technical support covers a broad spectrum of subject areas (some examples include water resources, vegetative resources, wildlife resources, natural landscaping and resource inventory methods).
The NRMP Branch advises on Park Authority Land Acquisition in terms of evaluating properties for natural resources. Land acquisitions targeted for development are evaluated for potential conflicts with resource protection. In addition, NRMP makes recommendations for acquisitions of land with valuable natural resources.
Park Planning and Development
The NRMP Branch works in concert with park planners to develop appropriate plans for park development that protect natural resources. This includes providing natural resource inventory information to drive the park planning process and identifying site designs which best protect natural resources.
The NRMP Branch reviews development proposals for natural resource impacts on parkland during the zoning and site plan review processes. The Planning and Development Division manages the overall plan review process for the Park Authority.
Outreach and Education
The NRMP Branch promotes stewardship through partnerships, volunteers and internal and external outreach and education efforts.
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