Monday, April 1, 2013
Barn manager Allison Mills' business is going to stay.
The horse boarding program at the Meadowood Special Recreation Area will survive for at least another year. Barn manager Allison Mills signed a one-year lease for the Bureau of Land Management's Stables At Meadowood last Friday and is no longer tied down to her previous contract, which limited the number of horses allowed on the property to 15, as the Bureau makes its long-awaited final determination on future barn renovations. Mills was down to 15 horses at the barn, and has a waiting list of 34 horses. It will take several months to introduce the animals to their new home. "BLM has made every extraordinary effort to accommodate the community desire and the needs of the on-site businesses at the barn," said Mills to Patch. "And it's …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
"I've never seen anything quite like this before," he told Patch.
Mount Vernon District Supervisor Gerry Hyland is frustrated over the length of time it has taken for the Bureau of Land Management to make a decision regarding the redevelopment of the horse stables at the Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area in Lorton. "I've never seen anything quite like this before," said Hyland to Patch. "This process is not the way it should work, but I'm a patient person. As long as we get the right result, then that's ok." BLM, which owns the barn, closed the comment period on the Environmental Assessment of the 40-year-old structure last July, and their decision has been expected for months. The bureau recently released a note on its website saying that the announcement of a decision was being pushed …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
What will happen to the three businesses at the barn during renovation?
Today is the deadline for public comments on the Bureau of Land Management's Environmental Assessment of The Stables at Meadowood. The deadline was extended twice because of a reported glitch on the BLM website that kept people from commenting. The website is still experiencing problems, said Boarder Anna Gibson, who feels that BLM will shut the barn down instead of keep horses in the structure during reconstruction. BLM did not return a call from Patch on Monday. "I you look at the report, they don't say what repairs they are going to do," Gibson said. "They don't give any timeline, they don't have any economic analysis of removing boarders, who are the sole source of maintaining revenue on the land, and they also don't say that the …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Moran is Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies
U.S. Rep Jim Moran (D-8th) said Tuesday the Bureau of Land Management would see reductions in government-appropriated funds if horse operations cease during renovation of the barn at the Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area in Lorton. Moran said BLM's lack of communication is inexcusable. "BLM has not been responsive because the website was down, and inexcusably so," Moran told Patch at Great Harvest Bread in Lorton. "I'm confident that they'll listen, because we have substantial leverage and I control their funding. I'm the ranking member of the Interior Appropriations Committee... Unless they want to have their funding cut, I would assume they would want to work with us. It's a reasonable assumption. "We have a responsibility to…
Comments may be submitted online, via email or through the mail.
The Bureau of Land Management has extended the public comment period deadline for its Environmental Assessment of The Stables at Meadowood from July 3 to July 24. Comments may be submitted: BLM alerted the public of the extension Monday on it's website, which for weeks suffered a glitch that kept people from commenting. BLM did not indicate a reason for the new deadline in the announcement, but did confirm in earlier emails there were website problems. "I apologize for the issues with the comment link. I have notified our IT people to correct the problem," wrote BLM Eastern States Planning & Environmental Coordinator Kurt Wadzinski in an email last week. "Thank you for bringing it to our attention. In the meantime, feel free to reply to …
Friday, May 25, 2012
Local parks hope to make positive impact when wounded warriors make use of their parks.
It will soon be common to see busloads of soldiers from Fort Belvoir's Warriors in Transition Battalion being dropped off to enjoy the amenities of Mason Neck. Over the last few months, members of the Mason Neck Citizens Association have met with representatives of the U.S. Army and the heads of the Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area, Mason Neck State Park, the Liz Hartwell National Wildlife Refuge and Pohick Bay Regional Park. All parties are for the partnership worked out by the citizens group, and the details of improving facilities to fully meet the needs of the soldiers are being ironed out. "Therapeutic riding is one of the five most requested events with our warriors," said Capt. John Votovich, the Fort Belvoir Warriors …
Monday, February 6, 2012
Nine deer harvested
*Press release The Bureau of Land Management held a successful Managed Deer Hunt at the Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area located on Mason Neck, Virginia, from January 19 through 21, 2012. For this antlerless hunt, participants were chosen through a lottery process utilizing archery, shotgun or muzzleloader. Several deer were observed by the hunters, but only nine deer were harvested: three bucks and six does. Any hunter needing accessibility accommodations or a hunter’s aide were able to make arrangements with the Lower Potomac Field Station staff in advance. Each hunter was assigned a section several weeks ahead of the hunt allowing them to scout their area on a site map and choose a tree to hold their stand. Over the three-…
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Guns and bows allowed
Don’t be alarmed if you hear gunfire. The Bureau of Land Management will be conducting a Deer Management Hunt Thursday through Saturday. The hunters have no limit on the number of antler-less deer they can take, and the weapons allowed are firearms and bows and arrows. The Barn at Meadowood as well as the therapeutic riding program and trail riding are closed until the end of the hunt. “Residents who live or travel near 10705 Belmont Boulevard may see an increased number of vehicles on the road between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday due to hunter registration at this location,” reads a letter sent by BLM to nearby residents. “White-tailed deer have a high survival rate in human modified environments and can increase …
Saturday, October 8, 2011
The next adoption event will be next year
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- James Cullum
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Three wild horses and one burro were adopted today at the Bureau of Land Management's Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area. The remaining 25 horses and eight burros are headed to a holding facility in Elm Creek, Neb., where they will wait until another adoption event around the country. "It's a good price, but the horse is definitely a lot of work," said Donna Kelsch, of Rising Sun, MD, who was preapproved and picked up a horse on Saturday morning. "I've adopted all my dogs from the SPCA. For me, it's important to give an animal a good home if you can." Why so few adoptions? The economy is tough, said Karen Malloy, a BLM wild horse and burro specialist. "It's just a bad time. The economy is the number one reason, and winter is …
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Overcast Skies = Cool Pictures
Lorton has a great mix of nature and commerce. You can be in bumper-to-bumper traffic one minute and then coasting along Gunston Road to Mason Neck the next. Today, Patch visited the Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area, where we found horses and frogs. There is also a photo of a Horse in front of the Indian Springs Farm stable along Gunston Road. Enjoy the pictures!