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Mayor Bowser to Kick Off Year of the Anacostia with Major Conservation and Investment Commitments in Support of Kingman and Heritage Islands

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Includes Significant Funding for Recreational and Educational Improvements

(Washington, DC) – On Friday, January 12, at 11 am, Mayor Bowser will kick off #YearOfTheAnacostia with major conservation and investment commitments in support of the Kingman Island and Heritage Island Planning and Feasibility Study
 
Kingman and Heritage Islands represent a unique natural space in the heart of the nation’s capital. A product of dredging the Anacostia over 100 years ago, Kingman and Heritage Islands are now home to important and rare ecosystems, including tidal freshwater wetlands, vernal pools, wildflower meadows, and tidal swamp forests. There are more than 100 different species of birds, mammals, and other wildlife that call Kingman and Heritage Islands home. DC’s Department of Energy and Environment has been conducting weekly bird surveys on the islands for fifteen years, and has been working to restore the forests, wetlands, and meadows for the last five years.
 
WHEN: 
Friday, January 12, at 11 am
 
WHO:
Mayor Muriel Bowser 
Tommy Wells, Director, DC Department of Energy and Environment
Doug Siglin, Executive Director, Anacostia Waterfront Trust
Tara Morrison, Superintendent of National Capital Parks, National Park Service
Lee Cain, Director of Kingman Island, Living Classrooms
Robert Coomber, ANC 7D01 Commissioner, Friends of Kingman Island
Malissa Freese, President, River Terrace Community Organization
 
WHERE:
Kingman Island
575 Oklahoma Avenue, NE
*Access Islands by parking in and walking from RFK Lots 6 and 7 
*Closest Metro: Minnesota Avenue Metro*
 
Press interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP to [email protected]. To view the event online, visit mayor.dc.gov/live or tune in on Channel 16 (DCN).