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Reston is a community founded on the preservation and appreciation of natural areas. To this day, a strong environmental stewardship ethic is nurtured in the community. Over 1,300 acres of open space are maintained by Reston Association including:
Programs are provided by the Walker Nature Center, and ample opportunities exist for volunteers to help care for our local environment. Explore, protect and enjoy the nature of Reston. For more information on WNC programs, please go to the RA WebTrac website.
The 2017 Reston Annual State of the Environment Report (RASER) was accepted by the Reston Association Board of Directors in July 2017. The report, produced by the Environmental Advisory Committee, evaluates the state and management of Reston's environment.
The nine-member RASER working group spent over 1,000 combined volunteer hours compiling data, drafting report sections and editing the 187-page document. RASER's Executive Summary and chapters can be read or downloaded by clicking on the links to the right. Via the last link, the full report is also readable or downloadable as one document.
RASER has five objectives:
• Summarize existing quantitative environmental data for the Reston community in one publicly accessible document.
• Establish an environmental baseline that can be re-assessed annually to facilitate the identification of environmental trends and to evaluate the efficacy of environmental improvement and conservation programs and initiatives.
• Provide relevant and timely environmental information that can help RA and its Board of Directors in shaping future policy and programs.
• Help educate and inform Reston residents and other interested parties about Reston’s environmental health.
• Create a living document that can be revised and expanded as deemed appropriate to meet future environmental challenges and information needs.
General Nature Questions - Walker Nature Center
703-476-9689 (main line)
WNC Facility Rentals
Pam Findley, Nature Center Specialist
WNC Special Request Programs
Abby Stocking, Naturalist
WNC Preschool, School & Nature Camp Programs
Kelly Michienzi, Environmental Education Supervisor
Natural Areas Management & Wildlife Issues
Claudia Thompson-Deahl, Sr. Manager of Environmental Resources
Tree Issues on RA Property
Keith Kanzler, Arborist
Natural Areas Violations & Garden Plots
Brian Kayhart, Environmental Resource Supervisor
Lakes, Ponds & Streams
William Peterson, Watershed Manager