Fairfax Master Naturalists celebrated Jim McGlone for his career and recent retirement from the Virginia Department of Forestry in June. McGlone, an urban forest conservationist and forester, established the popular nature volunteer group chapter in Fairfax County in 2007. He served as the chapter advisor and instructed the learning certification classes over the years that have graduated hundreds of citizen scientists. Master Naturalist volunteers actively work on conservation
On Sept. 24, the chapter said goodbye with an event at Frying Pan Park. Joining current chapter president Sarah Mayhew on stage with other past presidents was historic figure Aldo Leopod. The American writer, naturalist, and environmentalist, who is well known for his “Sand County Almanac,” among the readings shared by Fairfax County Naturalists.