Reston Association's Nature House at the Walker Nature Education Center has been awarded a Tree Preservation Award by Fairfax County.
Nature House earned the honor because of its commitment to keeping existing trees. The project, which was completed in 2009, is on a 72-acre woodland where only 1 percent of the land has been cleared for building and parking.
Fairfax County urban forester Hugh Whitehead, who nominated the project, said the building was set within a small, previously cleared area where additional clearing was limited to only a few trees that had roots that would be impacted by excavation or grading.
“The protected woodlands are as much a part of the Walker Nature Center as the Nature House itself, and a valuable resource for raising awareness of the value of the urban forest and, hopefully, contributing to the protection of additional forested areas,” Whitehead said.
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