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Crow's Nest Natural Preserve Founded
October 6, 2009

Crow’s Nest Natural Preserve in Stafford County, Va., is Virginia's 54th natural area preserve. Photo courtesy of Denise Micks.

According to information available from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District, federal, state and local officials, community members and environmental agencies celebrated Sept. 14th, their decades-old efforts to transform most of the 5-mile long Crow’s Nest peninsula into a state natural area preserve.

The celebration, held at Belle Plains Boat Club here, and hosted by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Stafford Board of Supervisors, heralded the final acquisition and founding of Virginia’s 54th natural area preserve, Crow’s Nest Natural Preserve.

Named for the big, black schooner, “The Crow,” which 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. Today, Crow’s Nest 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. Crow’s Nest is also home to a globally threatened plant community, rare plants and early woodland Native Indian, colonial and Civil War-era history.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Norfolk District Regulatory Office, led by project manager Nick Konchuba, served as one of several key agencies involved in the review, funding, acquisition and founding of the preserve.

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