Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District

Fairfax County, Virginia



Our office is open 9AM-5PM M-F

703-324-1460 | TTY 711

12055 Government Center Parkway
Suite 905, Fairfax, VA 22035

Laura Grape, Executive Director

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We promote soil and water conservation in Fairfax County and beyond. We are innovators. We promote hands-on conservation. We provide technical expertise. We develop young environmental leaders. We help you bring conservation home. We prevent pollution, reduce runoff and protect our streams and rivers.

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10:00AM, Rain barrels capture water from your downspouts to reduce runoff,…



5:00PM, This summer camp offered by the Virginia Department of Forestry gives…



9:00AM, This year's native seedling sale features shrubs and trees that are…



9:00AM, This year's native seedling sale features shrubs and trees that are…



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Soil and Water News

Redbud tree blossoms

February 1, 2018
Orders are now being accepted for the 2018 Seedling Sale! This year's seedling sale features shrubs and trees that are tolerant of deer browse. While no plant is completely deer-proof, these species are less susceptible. They help clean our water and air, prevent soil erosion, provide valuable habitat, and add beauty and resilience to your landscape. Enjoy! The Shrub and Small Tree Package features 10 seedlings for $16.95. The Tree Package includes 6 seedlings sold for $11.95. A full, nonrefundable payment must accompany your order by Wednesday, April 11, or until supplies run out. Orders may be picked up on Friday, April 20, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., or Saturday, April 21, 9:00 a.m.-noon at the Packard Center, 4022 Hummer Road, Annandale. Order Online Starting February 1 Help us streamline our operations by paying online with a credit card, debit card or e-check. Orders for 2018 seedling packages open February 1. Please follow this link to our online seedling sale store.  View online seedling sale store: The Shrub and Small Tree Package includes two each of: Witchhazel False Indigobush Serviceberry Silky Dogwood Spicebush The Tree Package includes two each of: Redbud Pawpaw Shortleaf Pine For more information about the seedlings or the sale, see: Native Seedling Sale

Reforest Fairfax Gift Card

October 30, 2017
When you need to say thank you, consider a gift that will last a lifetime: the gift of trees. Through Reforest Fairfax, a partnership between the Fairfax County Restoration Project and Fairfax ReLeaf, five native trees will be planted for each gift you give, and a beautiful card and certificate will be sent to your recipient. By giving trees, you will be helping to ensure a beautiful and healthy place to live and work long into the future. Trees clean our air and water, protect our streams, prevent soil erosion, lower city temperatures, and boost property values. When you give the gift of trees, you're not just saying thank you; you're helping to plant our future. To learn more or to give a gift, visit Reforest Fairfax.

Green and Clean brochure cover

August 30, 2017
The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) works with lawn care companies to encourage watershed-friendly lawn maintenance in the Commonwealth. Lawn care companies voluntarily enter into a water quality agreement with the agency. They agree to train their employees to use lawn care products responsibly, follow appropriate lawn fertilization practices and provide environmentally sound advice to customers. In return, DCR maintains a list of watershed-friendly lawn care operators that is available to the public. This year, consider choosing a watershed-friendly lawn care company or, if you take care of your own lawn care, consult the DCR publication Green & Clean to try home lawn care - the watershed-friendly way.