Visitor Center Remodel 2014
Over the next several months there will be new changes coming to the Visitor Center. Presently we are remodeling the bookstore area to give it more of a country theme. Next the exibit area will get all new exhibits. Thank you for your patience and support
Oak Ridge Campground and Chopawamsic Backcountry Closure
Oak Ridge Campground and Chopawamsic Backcountry area will be closed December 1st, 2013 to February 28th, 2014.
Outside firewood is prohibited in Prince William Forest Park, unless it is certified USDA 'bug free' firewood. Dead and downed wood may be collected from designated areas for use while in the park. Help us protect the forest from invasive species!
Research and Reports
National Park Service
Post-Reclamation Water Quality Monitoring at the Cabin Branch Pyrite Mine (6 mb - pdf)
National Park Service
Deer Reports and Surveys
Freshwater sponges have been found in Prince William Forest park! Check out the Freshwater Sponge Study. The National Capitol Region's Inventory and Monitoring team discovered the sponges in 2007 while conducting routine sampling in the park. They identified the species and put together some literature for the park and public. Attached is a resource brief and a full study on the species found at Prince William Forest Park. Thanks to the park, and the park employees, we continue to have the best water quality in Northern Virginia, which I believe is a factor in the presence of this species. We will be conducting more research on this species through the Center of Urban Ecology.
1994: Bat Survey of Prince William Forest Park. By Richard Reynolds, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and John Leffler, Ferrum College. (3.5 MB - pdf)
Endemic Pollution-Sensitive Subterranean Fauna of Vulnerable Habitats in the National Captial Region. By: Benjamin Hutchins Department of Biology, American University And David C. Culver Department of Biology, American University. (3.1 MB - pdf)
Did You Know?
Capable of living as long as 100 years, the Eastern Box Turtle is Prince William Forest Park's longest living reptile, and if conditions are just right, can spend their entire life in an area no larger than a football field.