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2010 Governor's Environmental Excellence Award Received
April 21, 2010

Crow's Nest Natural Preserve in Stafford County, Va., is the Commonwealth's 54th natural area preserve. It is home to 60 Neotropical migratory bird species and more than 700 acres of wetlands, some of which contain the oldest unfragmented mature tree hardwood stands in the state. (Courtesy photo/Denise Micks)

According to information available from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District, Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell recently awarded Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the 2010 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award for its demonstrated commitment to land stewardship in Virginia through the protection of Crow’s Nest peninsula.

Last September, federal, state and local officials, community members and environmental agencies gathered to celebrate decades of efforts to transform most of the five-mile long Crow’s Nest peninsula into a state natural area preserve. The Crow’s Nest peninsula is in Stafford County, Va.

“It’s nothing less than miraculous, in my opinion,” said Virginia Senator Richard Stuart. “Three-thousand acres; 750 acres of that are wetlands…to those of us who care about their natural beauty and water, it’s so, so incredibly important.”

The Crow’s Nest is Virginia’s 54th natural area preserve. Named for the big, black schooner, “The Crow,” the vessel was used for trans-Atlantic trade in the early 1800s. The peninsula has been virtually uninhabited since Union forces ended their occupation of south Stafford in the 1860s.

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