Near McLean in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The landowner, Edward Burling, died in 1967. His heirs tried selling the 336-acre Burling Tract property for use as a park. That failing, a developer bought it. Nearby homeowners learned of the housing-development plans, and a 16-month battle ensued. Outcry at public meetings, petition drives, a referendum vote, an injuction, media coverage, protest songs, and financial pledges finally overcame political foot shuffling. The will of local citizens prevailed. Burling Tract became Scotts Run Nature Preserve because people like you cared.
Think of all the kids who could see gates
Land is gone before you even know it
Save the Burling Tract before it’s too late
Protest song by Susan Daniel 1970 Langley High School student
Location. 38° 57.944′ N, 77° 12.053′ W. Marker is near McLean, Virginia, in Fairfax County Click for map. The marker is located in Scotts Run Nature Preserve along a hiking trail. There are two trailheads located off of Georgetown Pike (VA Route 193). Marker is at or near this postal address: 7400 Georgetown Pike, Mc Lean VA 22102, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Benvenue (approx. 2.1 miles away); Salona (approx. 2.2 miles away); Odrick’s Corner (approx. 2.4 miles away); William Whann Mackall (approx. 2.5 miles away); McLean (approx. 2.5 miles away); The Laughlin Building (approx. 2.5 miles away); Battle of Lewinsville (approx. 2.6 miles away); Great Falls of the Potomac (approx. 2.6 miles away in Maryland). Click for a list of all markers in McLean.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a photograph captioned County homeowners, citizens groups, high school students, and conservationists together saved these woods you now enjoy.
There are two photos inset in the marker captioned Students, young children, and parents (top) protest the developer's bulldozing of the Burling Tract, July 1970. and A student mourns the losss of Burling Tract trees taken by the developer's bulldozer.
Also see . . . Scotts Run Nature Preserve. HikingUpward.com (Submitted on May 9, 2010.)
Categories. • 20th Century • Environment •
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