Our mission is to increase the public's awareness and knowledge of the importance of leaving the Crow's Nest peninsula undisturbed. In doing this we expect to amass a ground swell of support from voters who will individually and collectively send a message to their elected officials that we would like them to allocate the funds necessary to permanently save all of the Crow's Nest from the threat of development.
Savecrowsnest.com is a nonpartisan group of concerned citizens which was organized and registered as a Virginia Corporation in January of 2004. We are dedicated to the preservation of approximately 4000 acres commonly referred to as The Crow’s Nest peninsula which lies between the Accokeek and Potomac Creeks in eastern Stafford County Virginia. On our website you will see many of the unique attributes belonging to The Crow’s Nest and you will be able to learn about the plight to save this special area and the recent progress that has been made.
The Crow's Nest Area Preserve was selected as the "Gold Medal" winner in Virginia's 2010 Governor's Environmental Excellence Award program. Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling presented this award to Paul Milde at the Environment Virginia 2010 Symposium held at Virginia Military Institute.
Governor Tim Kaine arrives by helicopter to dedicate The Crow's Nest State refuge and is greeted by Paul Milde
Crow's Nest Tour Scheduled for May
Last year, Stafford County--along with a number of government, environmental and conservation groups--purchased the second phase of the Crow's Nest property. Area residents will get a chance to explore Crow's Nest on May 1 before it officially opens to the public. The preserve is closed because of a lack of staffing and public access facilities. Hosted by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, the field day will include guided hikes and natural-history interpretation. The event runs from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. DCR Natural Heritage staff will lead hikes at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The tour is now booked, so no more reservations are being accepted. There are plans for another field day in the fall -- please check back then for updates!
Crow's Nest Receives Governor's Environmental Excellence Award
The Crow's Nest Area Preserve was selected as a "Gold Medal" winner in Virginia's 2010 Governor's Environmental Excellence Award program. Crow's Nest was recognized as the top preservation effort in the Land Conservation category. The award was presented by Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling on April 7th at the Environment Virginia 2010 Symposium at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA., to Stafford Board of Supervisors member Paul Milde, Aquia District, whose efforts over the last several years led to the successful preservation of 3,000 acres of Crow's Nest.
Historic progress made in fight to save Crow’s Nest
On December 20th 2007, the Stafford County Board of Supervisors authorized the County Administrator to enter into a contract to purchase 1770 acres of the most sensitive land of the Crow’s Nest and an option to purchase agreement for another 1100 acres. (Click here to see a map). On April 18th, 2008 history was made when Stafford County and Virginia became joint owners of the eastern most 1770 acres of The Crow’s Nest and a protective conservation easement was placed over that area forever. On May 1st Governor Kaine literally landed on the edge of The Crow’s Nest for the official celebration. Now the focus has shifted to obtaining federal and state funding so that we can exercise our option to purchase the next 1110 acres. Congressman Rob Wittman, State Senator Richard Stuart and Delegate William Howell have all committed their support. For now the entire 4000 acre peninsula has been given a reprieve from development thanks to the option to purchase and the subdivision agreement on the final 850 acres referred to as Crow’s Nest Harbor, but the fight is far from over.