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HOW YOU CAN HELP:  E-mail or phone the Fairfax Co. Planning Commission: ask that they enforce the Trails Plan here (not grant a waiver); also contact Mt Vernon Supervisor Gerry Hyland to thank him for his support on this issue (contacts below).

UPDATEx2 (3/17) The Planning Commission has defered this issue till April 23.  PHTA will testify then.  Please continue to contact them to support this trail. On March 6, PHTA met with Supervisor Hyland who expressed strong support for enforcing the Trails Plan to create this trail (please thank him for his support). 

On March 11, PHTA testified at the South County Federation to urge support for the trail. This marathon meeting was mostly devoted to a different issue--whether the ESI Landfill in Lorton should close on time in 2018 or be expanded; the citizens unanimously supported closure. PHTA would also like to see it closed on schedule and converted to a park with trails.

On March 27, PHTA will meet with the Fairfax County Park Authority's new director, Kirk Kincannon, to make the case for this and other new trail initiatives.

UPDATE (3/5) Planning Commission addresses this issue March 13 at the Fx Co Govt Center.

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UPDATE 1/29/14:  Dranesville Supervisor John Foust acted to fully fund three key projects needed for the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail!  See #209 and #197 (A below) and #157 (C below). Thanks to Supv. Foust for making this important connection possible   UPDATE 1/28/14:  Full funding was restored to a key project needed for the West Fairfax Trail!  See #111 (F below).  Thanks to Sully Supervisor Frey for restoring this.    In the fall (see my 10/31/13 blog), we asked trail supporters to vote online for a number of VDOT projects that could help volunteer-maintained long county trails we advocate. They would advance the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail (PHNST), the Cross County Trail (CCT), and the West Fairfax Trail (WFT)—the Bull Run to Reston route...
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PHTA has created a new Facebook page. Click the blue-circle "f" icon at top right of homepage (or go to http://bit.ly/PHTA_Facebook) Facebook users can post their own ideas and experiences regarding the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail on this page.  Enjoy!...
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PHTA presents a series of yearly awards to recognize those who have made exemplary contributions to the Potomac Heritage Trail and its corridor.  The awards recognize volunteer individual of the year, volunteer group of the year, and government employee of the year.  We also present the Phil Ogilvie award, recognizing environmental stewardship of the Potomac corridor.  We present a series of photos from ceremonies where we presented these awards for the year 2012.   VOLUNTEER INDIVIDUAL OF THE YEAR--RHONDA KRAFCHIN Rhonda Krafchin is key contact for REI's outdoor volunteer program. She has enthusiastically filled the vital need of supplying "boots on the ground" when we advocates have an opportunity to build a new part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail.  Working on both sides of...
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