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  The blue, pink and green sections of trail in the map are now open, and the yellow section should be complete by Spring 2016.  Some of this (e.g. blue, pink) could serve as the Potomac Heritage Trail route, since other options west and south from Scotts Run Nature Preserve (e.g. along Georgetown Pike and Swinks Mill Road) are impractical. Below are videos of the pink and green sections.   Pink section going east (fox appears at 7:08) Green section going east (built via 3 Eagle Scout projects mentored by Fairfax Trails & Streams's  Ed Pickens)    ...
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We regret to announce the passing of Charles W. "Chuck" Sloan. Chuck was involved with Fairfax Trails & Streams from the very beginning (mid-1990s). He participated in the early Cross County Hikes. He did pro-bono legal work for many trail groups, including the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, the Potomac River Greenways Coalition (FTAS's parent 501(c)3 organization), and the Potomac Heritage Trail Association. Chuck also played a key role in creating the American Discovery Trail (the only coast-to-coast hiking trail) and the American Hiking Society. Chuck was always there to provide a hand! We will miss him. Chuck's Washington Post obituary can be found at bit.ly/1HQRTN0 ...
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UPDATE June 8:  The Board overrode Hyland's objections, to approve the less-scenic northern alignment at Fairfax Water, instead of the Cliffside route we advocated.  Video of the depressing and rather bizarre decision process is at bit.ly/bosRejectsCliffsTrail, starting at 4:01:30.  Key vote is at 4:07.  There will be a trail from Rt. 123 to Occoquan Overlook Drive via the northern route.  However, our dream of continuing it up to Sandy Run Park and eventually Bull Run Park (thus linking the Cross County Trail and West County Trail) now appears to be unattainable--since two landowners who had offered easements if the Cliffs trail were approved have so far refused for the northern route.  We will continue to monitor the situation. Thanks for all...
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UPDATE 5/1:  The 4/28 Board of Supervisors public hearing featured strong pro-trail testimony, emphasizing spectacular scenery, major connectivity and compatibility of trails with public infrastructure and security. Fairfax Water will provide chance for other supervisors to hike the Cliffside route, a good sign. Decision deferred to May 12.  More details, with video, coming soon.  Please tell the Supervisors "I support the Cliffs of Occoquan Trail at Fairfax Water" (703-324-3151 or clerktotheBOS@fairfaxcount>y.gov). Better yet, call that number and reserve a slot to testify at the Fx County Govt. Center public hearing on April 28 (this has the impact of 20 e-mails). It starts at 3:30 pm; first public speaker likely around 4:15. On April 21, Supervisor Hyland arranged with Fairfax Water a hike along...
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UPDATE 4/17  Keep the calls and e-mails coming!  Mt. Vernon Supervisor Gerry Hyland is pushing to make this happen.   UPDATE 3/28   On March 26, the Planning Commission punted the Cliffs of Occoquan Trail decision to the Board of Supervisors, who hold a public hearing on this issue April 28. Please tell them "I support the Cliffs of Occoquan Trail at Fairfax Water" (703-324-3151 or clerktotheBOS@fairfaxcounty.gov). Better yet, come to the Fx County Govt. Center public hearing on early evening of April 28 (this has the impact of 20 people sending e-mail). The Planning Commission said they were "inundated" with pro-trail e-mail; we'll make sure the Supervisors see these. But new ones direct to the Supervisors are best.Please share widely!!...
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