Environmental Impact

Reston’s Golf Course Open Spaces – Vital Habitat vs. High-Rises

RA pathways cross both golf courses, making these natural places to enjoy the beautiful natural vistas. People and their dogs hike the trails that run through the course, and it’s the back yard of many homes purchased by people who relied on representations that the course would remain open space. Every Restonian may enjoy the views from the RA pathways.

Since 2007, Reston National has been a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program Golf Course, and this recreational space has been part of Reston’s Planned Community since its inception. Learn more about the program that helps golf courses protect our environment at Audubon International. Reston National contains a section of “old field habitat with hardwood cover,” which is one of the most endangered types of habitat in Fairfax County.

Here are some articles about the nature that can be found on Reston’s open space golf courses.

Reston's Public Golf Course: Good for Wildlife, Too!

photo credit: Arthur Hass

Bill Burton, longtime Restonian and member of the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia, writes about the “vital habitat for a wide range of plant and animal species” provided by Reston’s south golf course. In the April issue of Reston Magazine, Bill takes readers on a virtual walk along Reston Association paths that border and cross the golf course. He starts where the tree canopy is dominated by chestnut oaks, strolls by Links Pond where a resident counted 66 species of birds over a single year, and ends at old-field habitat with hardwood canopy—one of the rarest habitats in Fairfax County. Read the full article at http://bit.ly/Burton-RNGC and plan your own tour early some morning.


Golf Courses Can Be Environmental Assets in Urban Settings

Read Doug Britt’s article, published in Reston Now

100 Bird Species Recorded at Hidden Creek Country Club

photo credit: Arthur Hass

Dave Young is a contributor to eBird for Lake Fairfax and has been a birder since 1974. These are his observations of birds on and bordering the Hidden Creek Country Club over a span of 38 years. Enjoy the accompanying photos from Arthur Hass.

See the complete list of 100 bird species.

Why ALL of the Hidden Creek Golf Course Needs to be Protected as Open Space

 photo credit: Lynne Mulston

Putting housing on Hidden Creek would add to the Wiehle Avenue traffic that is currently bumper-to-bumper during rush hours.  Wiehle Avenue traffic is already expected to worsen because another development company has put in an application to build 2,100 units in the Isaac Newton area (where Reston Association’s offices used to be, behind the Wiehle Avenue firehouse).  That area is within the Wiehle-Reston East Transit Station Area, so new housing development is conceivable there under the approved Reston Master Plan. Add to that the 156 units in new development that has already been approved for Tall Oaks Village Center.

Read full article.

Hidden Creek Nature Walk

In September 2019, Abby Stocking, a naturalist with Walker Nature Center, conducted a Nature Walk through HCCC golf course.

View photos from the Nature Walk

Report from June 2013 Nature Hike at Reston National Golf Course

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