2001 News Archive
April thru June
April | May | June
Apr 17 2001
Moran, Davis, Wolf propose $2.05 million for
Cross-County, Pot. Heritage Trails
GFT wins $470,000 in State Scenic
Byway funds for Georgetown Pike Trails
3 National Trails Day Events
June 2: Accotink Creek, Difficult Run, Riverbend Park
VA Delegate Vince
Callahan walks 6 miles with FTAS on Pimmit Run Trail
MEETING APRIL 23 (McLean Govt Ctr, 1437 Balls Hill Rd) 7:00pm----Pimmit
Run Action Groups 7:30pm----main meeting; MCF award; Guest, VA Delegate
Jim Scott At our March meeting there was a groundswell of interest in
forming small action groups to address "to do's" for specific sections of
the Pimmit Run Trail. So we will start our meeting early, at 7pm, to form
the action groups, brainstorm and decide next steps. Bill Byrnes of the
McLean Citizens Foundation will present FTAS's Steve Dryden with a $3000
award to develop a historical map of the Pimmit Run Valley. Our guest at
7:30 is Delegate Jim Scott, whose district includes Pimmit Run above Old
Dominion. CALENDAR: April 18 7:30 pm Great Falls Trailblazers monthly
April 21 EARTH DAY,
some events are: --- 9:30 am Gt Falls NP Geology Walk, email@example.com
--- 7 pm NVCT hosts Congr. Jim Moran in Arlington, $25, 703-536-4058;
April 23 7pm FTAS monthly meeting
April 28 10am Lucy
Hanes Trail walk, Gt Falls, with Supv. Mendelsohn,
May 5 9-1 Difficult Run Cleanup Day, Colvin Run
May 28 7:30 pm FTAS monthly meeting
National Trails Day Events --- 10am-noon Ribbon cutting/Hike for new
Cross-County section, Thaiss Park, Fx City --- 10am Hike in Riverbend Park
on the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail --- 1pm Lake Audubon,
Reston: Difficult Run Loop hike; new navigational signs
Moran, Davis, Wolf request $2.05 million for CCT,
PHNST The three congressmen representing Fairfax County--Jim Moran, Tom
Davis and Frank Wolf--have joined forces to propose $2.05 million in FY02
TCSP funding for the Cross-County Trail and the Potomac Heritage National
Scenic Trail. This is more than double the amount from FY01, also
supported by all three congressmen. They have acted partly in response to
all your e-mail and calls last year! ACTION--Please thank them by phone or
e-mail, and urge them to persevere with this request. WOLF's office: Jeff
Gleason, 202-225-5136, firstname.lastname@example.org MORAN's office: Tim
Aiken, 202 226 0015, email@example.com DAVIS's office:
GFT wins $470,000 in
State Scenic Byway funds for Georgetown Pike Trail The Great Falls
Trailblazers recently won $470,000 in VA State Scenic Byway funds for the
trail along Georgetown Pike in Great Falls and McLean. This would include
a feasibility study for part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
between Great Falls Park and I-495, along or near the Pike.
Congratulations to GFT for a job well done.
3 National Trails Day
(NTD) Events June 2: Accotink Creek, Difficult Run, Riverbend Park An easy
and fun way to show your support for trails is to show up at a NTD event.
This year it is especially important to keep the momentum building. ---
10am Ribbon cutting/Hike for new Cross-County section, Thaiss Park,
Fairfax City --- 10am Hike in Riverbend Park on the Potomac Heritage
National Scenic Trail --- 1pm Lake Audubon, Reston: Difficult Run Loop
hike (3, 6 or 12 miles); Details may change; more events may be added.
Stay tuned for more information!
VA Delegate Vince
Callahan walks 6 miles with FTAS on Pimmit Run Trail. Delegate Callahan,
whose district includes the Run downstream of Old Dominion, gamely braved
nine unimproved stream crossings and wet feet, but the weather was perfect
and the Pimmit Run Valley clothed in glorious spring green. Paul and
Jeannine Slattery offered our small group delicious snacks on his porch
overlooking the valley. Mr. Callahan kindly offered to help us contact
three of the "missing link" landowners along the way.
Apr 21 2001
Fairfax zeroes FY02
Pim Segments "to do's" for Monday on web
ALERT: According to
the April 18-24 Connection, Fairfax County plans to eliminate FY02 funding
for walkways, which has been $1 million countywide for several years, and
which provided seed money for trails FTAS has supported. With your
grassroots support, these local funds have been supplemented with state
and federal funds for such trails as the Cross-County, Georgetown Pike,
Pimmit Run,and Potomac Heritage (as reported here 3 days ago!). Thus, we
are in jeopardy of losing not only the local funds but also potential
future matching grants. We also risk losing the positive momentum we have
helped generate. The proposed budget would also eliminate a like amount
for storm drainage projects to protect the quality of our streams. Please
contact your supervisor to ask that these funds be restored. (contacts at
AGENDA for Monday,
April 23, focuses on "TO DO's" for specific segments of the Pimmit Run
Trail, posted at www.FairfaxTrails.org/pimmit/segments.html Location:
McLean Govt Ctr, 1437 Balls Hill Rd 7:00pm----Pimmit Run Action Groups
7:30pm----main meeting; MCF award; Guest, VA Delegate Jim Scott
EARTH DAY (April 22)
Events by region, see
VA State Sen. Janet
Howell, whose district includes the entire Pimmit Run Trail and much of
the northern Cross-County Trail, will be FTAS' guest at the June 25
May 04 2001
NTD Events June
Cleanups this weekend
FTAS May meeting change
Final National Trails Day schedule on
Cross-County Trail, June 2
2 Litter Cleanups on Difficult
Run this weekend
More on request for $1.3 million funding for CCT
meeting changed ... to Tuesday, May 29, 7:30 pm at Don Finberg's house in
McLean. All are welcome, but please contact Don at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703
442 8873. Topics: continued detailed planning for Pimmit Run Trail. The
June meeting will return to our usual Monday time, June 25, 1437 Balls
Hill Rd, McLean Govt Center.
Final National Trails Day schedule on
Cross-County Trail, June 2. The Fx Co Park Auth. will erect navigational
signs with the new CCT logo, along all three routes by June 2.
--- 8 -
10 am. Hike along southern 3 miles of the CCT, Pohick Creek from Rolling
Rd. to the Fx Co Pkwy. Car shuttle. Organized by Clifton Horse Society,
FTAS. Please contact Mary Presta, email@example.com.
--- 10:15 - 11:30
am: Ribbon cutting and short (1 mi) hike along new section of the CCT,
including an Accotink Creek trail crossing. Park at Rt 50 & Nutley St.
Organized by Fx Co Park Auth., Fairfax City, FTAS. Info: Bill Niedringhaus
at firstname.lastname@example.org, or just show up.
--- 1:30 pm: 3, 6, or 12 mile hike
on the CCT (optional Difficult Run Loop). Park at Twin Branches Road at
Lake Audubon, Reston. Organized by FTAS. Info: John Taggart, 703 521 4523,
Jtagga@co.arlington.va.us, or just show up. Several other NTD events are
planned locally, including a Great Falls Trailblazers hike on the Pot.
Heritage NS Trail at 10am (info email@example.com); see
www.americanhiking.org for details.
2 Litter Cleanups on
Difficult Run THIS WEEKEND Two groups will clean up litter this weekend,
BOTH start at Carpers Farm Road, just across Route 7 from Colvin Run Mill,
4 miles west of the beltway. SATURDAY May 6, 9 am -1pm cleanup Colvin Run
(Difficult Run Community Conservancy) info Mary Ashton at 703-324-3408 or
703-620-6075 SUNDAY May 7, noon: cleanup along the Cross-County Trail
(Johns Hopkins Univ volunteers).
More on request for
$1.3 million funding for CCT The request made by Congressmen Davis, Moran
and Wolf, on behalf of FCPA, for $1.3 million in TCSP funding for the CCT,
would provide for the first time funding for all remaining segments of the
CCT--including the Oakton sections with right-of-way issues unresolved.
Please support the request (see details on our website,
May 23 2001
National Trails Day
domain is now open!!! It's www.FairfaxTrails.org We are partway
through a major upgrade to our website.
Published. The FCPA published a 11x17" 6-panel color CCT brochure on
May 20. It explains the benefits of the trail and reasons to support it.
It credits FTAS key role in conceiving and helping create the
for NTD June 2. The manager of the W&OD Trail has offered FTAS a
booth at their National Trails Day exhibit in Reston. We need 1 or 2
volunteers to staff it (9 to noon).
FTAS meeting changed to Tuesday, May 29, 7:30 pm at Don Finberg's
house at 6540 Devine Street, McLean. All are welcome, but please contact
Don at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703 442 8873. CCT brochures available. Topics
include continued detailed planning for Pimmit Run Trail. Directions: down
Westmoreland from Chain Bridge Road; 2nd left to Old Chesterbrook Rd, soon
after Pimmit bridge right on Dempsey to end, right on Devine to
cul-de-sac. The June meeting will return to our usual place/time, Mon June
FTAS Nat. Trails
Day EVENTS JUNE 2; CCT brochures available
8 - 10 am. Hike southern
3 miles of the CCT along Pohick Creek. Directions: Fx Co Pkwy. north from
Rolling Rd to first light (at bottom of hill); left and immediate right;
park along Hooes Rd. Car shuttle. Organized by Clifton Horse Society,
FTAS. Please contact Mary Presta, 703 631 2074
10:15 - 11:30 am: Ribbon
cutting and short (1 mi) hike along new section of the CCT, including an
Accotink Creek trail crossing. Park at Rt 50 & Nutley St. Organized by
Fx Co Park Auth., Fairfax City, FTAS. Info: Bill Niedringhaus at 703 821
0975, email@example.com, or just show up.
1:30 pm: 3, 6, or 13
mile hike on the CCT (optional Difficult Run Loop). Park at Twin Branches
Road at Lake Audubon, Reston. Organized by FTAS. Info: John Taggart, 703
521 4523, Jtagga@co.arlington.va.us, or just show up.
June 22 2001
25 Our guest is VA State Senator Janet Howell. Her district includes all
of Pimmit Run. We will discuss progress on several new initiatives from
last month's meeting. The time and place revert to the usual (7:30pm at
McLean Govt Center).
MID-ATLANTIC GOV's GREENWAYS CONF (Sept) FTAS will join the Potomac
Appalachian Trail Club's "swat team", the Cadillac Crew, for a field
workshop at the Mid-Atlantic Governor's Greenways Conference, Monday Sept.
17. We will relocate and regrade part of the CCT south of Lawyers Road in
NATIONAL TRAILS DAY
REPORT FTAS co-sponsored with FCPA three National Trails Day events
along the CCT (our fourth consecutive year). A ribbon cutting for a new
section of the Accotink Trail drew 100 people. There was a hike along the
southernmost three miles, and a 13-mile Difficult Run Loop hike with 22
hikers and equestrians. The segments hiked now have dozens of attractive
ivory-colored CCT navigational signs with red trim. Pictures will be
posted at our website soon.
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