• Crows Nest Natural Area Preserve View over the Marsh

What is Savecrowsnest.com?

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 4,000 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.

Excellence Award

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.

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George Schwartz, Paul Milde, Mark Dudenhefer and Anthony Romanello sign the deed forever saving 1770 acres of The Crow’s Nest.

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Governor Tim Kaine arrives by helicopter to dedicate The Crow’s Nest State refuge and is greeted by Paul Milde.

Top Stories

  • Crow’s Nest Has Its Own Bird List!

    Crow’s Nest was dedicated as Virginia’s 54th natural area preserve in 2008. The diverse plant communities within the preserve provide important habitat for a variety of birds, including breeding birds, neo-tropical migrants and over-wintering waterfowl. Bird diversity peaks during fall and spring migrations when waves of neo-tropical migrants pass through Virginia. The Accokeek Overlook Trail and the canoe launch boardwalk provide birders with access to the freshwater tidal marsh along Accokeek Creek, as well as the adjacent hardwood ... Continue Reading
  • Crow’s Nest Receives Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award

    04/07/2010 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. 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... Continue Reading
  • State closes deal on Crow’s Nest

    Thursday, July 30, 2009 BY JONAS BEALS/THE FREE LANCE-STAR Twelve-hundred acres were added to the Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve yesterday. Called the “crown jewel” of the state’s natural preserve system, Crow’s Nest now consists of 2,970 acres wedged between Potomac and Accokeek creeks in Stafford County. “We had a huge dilemma four years ago with the Crow’s Nest on the verge of development,” said Supervisor Paul Milde, who was involved in negotiating the sale. “Fast-forward 3 years and we have a 2,900-acre nature pres... Continue Reading
  • Historic progress made in fight to save Crow’s Nest

    06/17/2008 George Schwartz, Paul Milde, Mark Dudenhefer and Anthony Romanello sign the deed forever saving 1770 acres of The 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... Continue Reading

Latest News/Blog

  • Successful PDR Program Could Help Save Portions of Crow’s Nest

    Successful PDR Program Could Help Save Portions of Crow’s Nest While the Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program is widely known, what many do not know is that an additional program, the Purchase of Development Rights (PDR), is available and may prove an asset in the efforts to save Crow’s Nest. Stafford County describes the PDR as a program that “enables the Stafford County Government to acquire conservation easements voluntarily offered by property owners as a way to ensure that Stafford’s resources are protected and effici... Continue Reading
  • Crow’s Nest Harbour landowners suing Stafford, Board of Supervisors

    OWNERS OF PARCELS IN SUBDIVISION ADJACENT TO PRESERVE FILE AGAINST COUNTY, SUPERVISORS DEC 17, 2014 BY VANESSA REMMERS/THE FREE LANCE–STAR Lot owners’ efforts to make their land ripe for development recently collided with Stafford Board of Supervisors’ efforts to discourage development near protected land.   Now the issue has ended up in court. Several lot owners in the now-defunct Crow’s Nest Harbour subdivision are suing Stafford and its Board of Supervisors. The lot owners who are plaintiffs own about 260 parcels ... Continue Reading
  • Crow’s Nest Harbour

    November, 2014 The Crow’s Nest area continues to be a hotbed of controversy, as owners of 260 of the 346 home sites on Crow’s Nest Harbour are planning a lawsuit.  The intention is to force the county to allow homes to be built on about 1,000 acres in Crow’s Nest Harbour. However, there is a partially finished Transfer of Development Rights ordinance (TDR) that may allow an amicable compromise between Stafford County and the Crow’s Nest Harbour (link to “what is crows nest harbour?)  landowners. Through their legal represent... Continue Reading
  • Stafford supervisors cancel public hearing

    Wednesday, September 17, 2014 12:00 am BY VANESSA REMMERS/THE FREE LANCE-STAR In a surprise vote, the Stafford Board of Supervisors removed a public hearing regarding development near the Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve from its Tuesday agenda.  The vote came after a closed session during which supervisors again consulted with attorneys about the issue that may eventually end up in court. The public hearing had to do with subdivision plats requiring lots in the Crow’s Nest Harbour subdivision being served by public water an... Continue Reading
  • Lots near Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve remain divisive

    Sunday, September 14, 2014 12:00 am BY VANESSA REMMERS/THE FREE LANCE-STAR  Developers looking to build on lots next to the Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve are hoping the Stafford County Board of Supervisors will erase language they say restricts their options on the land.  The board meets on Tuesday, and that meeting could determine whether the issue winds up in court. Attorney Clark Leming represents lot owners in Crow’s Nest Harbour, which is adjacent to the 2,872-acre state natural area preserve. Plats recorded in t... Continue Reading
  • TDRs: An essential tool in managing growth

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013 12:00 am BY PAUL MILDE WHILE it may not be immediately obvious, signs of the economic recovery are becoming more apparent in Stafford County. New development is returning and is visible in many parts of the county. As those who experienced the rapid growth periods of the previous two decades, economic recovery invariably results in residential development. The number of new residential permits issued in Stafford County this year has already surpassed every year’s since 2005. In the last year alone, the... Continue Reading
  • Crows Nest Harbour TDRs: Needed progress

    Sunday, October 6, 2013 12:00 am BY MARK G. JENKINS VIENNA—On Aug. 28, the Planning Commission recommended approval of some amendments to the Transferable Development Rights Ordinance. Some recent comments on this newspaper’s blog contain, I submit, incomplete information or apparent assumptions that we think deserve a response. I respond as the attorney for the owners of 284 of the Crows Nest Harbour lots, whom I’ll call “these CNH owners” (identified below). Comment: CNH lot owners will just sever their development ri... Continue Reading