Reston Spring

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Rescue Reston Arouses Grassroots Support to Save Green Spaces, November 29, 2012

Kimber Hartke begins the titled post on her blog, "Hartke is On-Line," about the environmental threat posed from re-development of the Reston National Golf Course into high-density housing as follows:

Idyllic Scene on Reston’s Lake Audubon
I live in a magical place. The planned community of Reston was designed nearly 50 years ago, and is a model city. Many have been attracted to live here by the eco-friendly master plan, that preserves green space and provides good habitat for many flora and fauna. Out our back windows, we see many species of birds, great blue heron, green heron, wood ducks, mallards, geese, kingfisher, hawks and eagles, including the rare great bald eagle. Our lakes are home to many species of fish, turtles and snakes.
Hiking paths and bike trails, community docks and boat launch areas enable all Reston residents and their friends to commune with nature in a way that is very health promoting. Being surrounded by natural beauty and abundant wildlife, is as pleasurable, as it is educational.
A grassroots effort is underway to protect our special community from aggressive over-development due to the Metro Rail (the D.C. subway) being built through our neighborhoods. Northwestern Mutual, an investor in one of our two golf courses is looking to sell the golf greens and clubhouse to residential developers. This could mean an additional 1100 homes putting a wrecking ball to the Reston Master Plan. . . .
For the rest of her excellent post, click here.

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