News to Use Podcast Transcript: April 21, 2009

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Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for April 21, 2009. Coming up, find out about how Fairfax County is fighting the Emerald Ash Borer, learn how you can take a walk while helping Fairfax County kids in foster care and weigh in on the future of county parks.

Beginning this week, glue traps will be hung in ash trees across Fairfax County to detect the emerald ash borer, an insect that kills these trees. The large, purple traps will help to monitor the presence of this pest in the county.

Officials ask the public to report traps that have fallen to the ground, and advise not to touch them, since they are covered with extremely sticky glue. Because many ash trees are on private property, officials also are looking for homeowners who will allow traps to be hung in their trees.The triangular traps, which are non-toxic, are baited with natural plant oils.

Approximately 2,000 traps will be placed across the county, and monitored regularly, as part of a statewide effort to track the insect.  The emerald ash borer, a serious threat to ash trees, was discovered in several locations across Fairfax County last summer. These insects have killed more than 25 million ash trees in the U.S.
Call the Fairfax County Forest Pest Branch at 703-324-5304 to report fallen traps or to permit traps on your property.

May is National Foster Care Month, and Fairfax Families 4 Kids is celebrating with a 5-K fund-raising walk at Lake Accotink Park in Springfield on Saturday, May 16.  Registration, which costs $25, takes place from 8:30 to 9 a.m.  Following the event, participants are invited to take part in a picnic and enjoy other fun events.  
Fairfax Families 4 Kids is an initiative of the Foster Care and Adoption Program in the Department of Family Services. The group finds adoptive families and lasting relationships with adults for children in foster care, and is seeking adults to adopt, mentor, or host children ages nine to 18, living in foster care. Volunteers and advocates are also needed.

Register for the walk at and find more information about Fairfax Families 4 Kids at

The Fairfax County Park Authority is holding a series of “Listening Forums” in each of the county’s supervisory districts, hosted by park authority director John Dargle, Jr. The next forum is slated for Thursday, April 30, 2009 at Green Spring Gardens at 7 p.m. The monthly meetings are held at various park and public facilities throughout the county.

Green Spring Gardens is a perfect place to spend a spring evening doing a bit of brainstorming on how we can continue to improve the park system and identify what's really important in this time of economic constraints. Green Spring Gardens is located at 4603 Green Spring Road in Alexandria. The forum will take place in the auditorium.

Listening Forums will be held on Thursday nights at 7 p.m. For a list of locations, go to

That’s all for this News to Use podcast. Thanks for listening. For more information about the topics in this podcast and for continuous news updates, visit You may also call 703-FAIRFAX, that’s 703-324-7329, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. News to Use is produced by the Fairfax County, Virginia, government.  

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