Creek at Mason Neck State Park
Fairfax County, Virginia
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Creek lies completely within Mason Neck State Park. Scientists
from the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve System
in Virginia rate Kanes Creek as the highest ecologically pristine
estuarine stream for its biodiverity, productivity, natural features
ecosystem, and for its potential for research and educational
opportunities. Wildlife that frequent the area include bald eagles,
hawks, great blue herons, deer, beaver, foxes, bobcats and over
200 species of songbirds.
the 1800s and early 1900s, logging was the area's primary industry.
The removal of mature pine and hardwood, and use of the pesticide
DDT, led to the decline of the American Bald Eagle in the region.
In 1965 a group of concerned citizens formed The Conservation
Committee for Mason Neck to preserve the area from increasing
development pressures. The Commonwealth of Virginia purchased
the first parcel of what is now Mason Neck State Park in August
1983 only eleven American bald eagles were known to live in the
area. Today, Mason Neck is home for about 40 bald eagles year
rund, with numbers increasing to roughly 60 in winter. Encompassing
1,804 acres, Mason Neck State Park is bordered by Gunston Hall
Plantation and the Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge. Combined
with nearby Pohick Bay Regional Park, these areas provide over
5,600 acres dedicated to recreation and wildlife management.
part of the Mason Neck Cooperative Management Area, Mason Neck
State Park is managed for passive recreation, environmental education
and for the protection and preservation of habitat for the American
Bald Eagle and other wildlife. The picturesque hiking rails, picnic
areas, visitor center, interesting interpretive programs, and
guided canoe trips at Mason Neck State Park offer the best in
passive outdoor recreation.
© 1996 Dianne Harrah, Drawing © 1996 Bill Harrah