Fort Belvoir North Area 2022

The forests of the Fort Belvoir North Area are being fragmented.

North Area Distribution Center website

We cannot stop this endless loss of forests. We can only try to be the voice of those forests.

The U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Belvoir, is preparing for the construction of a distribution center at the Fort Belvoir North Area in Springfield. Fort Belvoir North Area was formerly known as the Engineer Proving Ground and was used for explosives testing. Around 2010 the Fairfax County Parkway was extended all along its southern extent, taking out 80+ acres of intact forest. Buildings have been popping up on the eastern (largely unforested) part of the North Area ever since. Now they are coming for the west side.

Among our recommendations to the Army:

  • Replant the Fairfax County Parkway. The Barta Road cloverleaf alone would provide about 14 acres never replanted after the Parkway extension across Fort Belvoir North Area in 2010. This area is now partly colonized by exotic invasives, a sad successor to the mature forests that were lost.
  • Extend improved Complete Street enhancements along Backlick Road to provide climate reduction pedestrian and bicycle travel options to commuting personnel.

Comments submitted by Friends of Accotink Creek
Comments submitted by Potomac Riverkeepers Network
Public Meeting Slideshow Presentation, April 19, 2022

The National Capital Area Planning Commission provides a lot of additional information on plans for the North Area in their Executive Review

Tree Removal and "mitigation" - The Distribution Center would be located in Area D