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Environmental Resources Overview

Environmental Resources


Reston is well known as a treed community and many residents have said they chose to live in Reston because of the trees and wildlife. A common phrase used to describe Reston is that it is like living in a park. Natural beauty has been a priority throughout Reston’s history. It is the responsibility of the Reston Association to maintain Reston’s natural areas. The association enhances, protects and maintains more than 1,300 acres of open space, including the 72-acre Walker Nature Center, four lakes, three ponds, 19 miles of streams, 800 acres of natural area and about 50 meadows. It is this abundance of green space that makes Reston a very unique community.

RA employs professional staff trained in water resources, botany, and wildlife management, augmented by a 12-member Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) that makes recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding environmental and conservation issues.

Awards and Certifications

Reston Association has receive multiple prestigious awards and certifications that validate Reston’s biophilic nature including:

  • Community Wildlife Habitat Certification (2000 - 2015) – National Wildlife Federation
  • Tree City Award - Arbor Day Foundation (1994 – 2017)
  • Gold Leaf Award - International Society of Arboriculture (2008)
  • Urban Wildlife Sanctuary Designation & Certification (2000) – The Humane Society of the United States
  • International Communities in Bloom Award (2004) – International Competition
  • America in Bloom Award (2003) - AIB
  • Certificate of Commendation for the Protection of the Difficult Run Watershed (1997) – VA Department of Forestry
  • Environmental Stewardship Certificate of Recognition (2003) – Fairfax County
  • Money Magazine’s Best Small City in America (2012) and top 30 Best Places to Live (2017) – testimony to its high quality of life.

Click here for nature reference materials, which include downloadable brochures and presentation.