Front Royal community helps restore ecosystem

The Town of Front Royal’s Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee, local community groups, and volunteers came together to plant a 200 meter section of Happy Creek’s riparian buffer in November.

Volunteers planted 450 young seedlings of seven different varieties of native shrub species that were approved by the Department of Environmental Quality.

The section of Happy Creek between South and Short Street was selected as a high priority area due to the abundance of invasive and undesirable vegetation that had begun to take over.

ESAC member and local conservation biologist Justin Proctor spoke on the value of these native plants reminding us that they “are adapted to handle our local climate and soils… build back our beneficial insects and pollinators, provide food for wildlife… stabilize riverbanks and help clean out pollutants.”

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The First Members of the ESAC

Three citizens have been named as the first members of the newly created Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee.

Justin Proctor who earned a Master’s in Science from Cornell University. He is a member of the Smithsonian Virginia Working Landscaping

Program in Front Royal, and President of FR/WC Anti-Litter council.

Herschel Finch who is the Conservation Chair for the local Izaak Walton league and the Potomac River Smallmouth Club. He is an active member

of the Shenandoah Riverkeepers.

Maggie Tewell who is a senior at Randolph Macon Academy with AP course work in environmental, a Cadet Major with aspirations of becoming

a Cadet Lieutenant Colonel and plans to major in Biochemistry.

ESAC will be chaired by Front Royal’s Environmental Specialist John Osborn, who is a certified arborist, nurseryman, and tree care safety expert with over 35 years of experience.

The mission of the ESAC is to focus on the Town’s ecosystem, including the establishment of recommended goals for environmental protection involving

waste reduction, recycling, energy conservation, clean air and water, natural resources, and a sustainable community.