Vote Delayed on Developing Fones Cliff

Fones Cliff 02Last week, Richmond County Board of Supervisors delayed their vote  on whether to grant Diatomite of America rezoning to build a commercial resort, championship golf course and more than 700 houses on 975 acres of pristine forests cliffs that overlook the Rappahannock River. Pamela D’Angelo reports.


  1. #1 by TERRELL BOWERS on November 18, 2015 - 6:52 pm

    The Fones Cliffs Golf Course Will Not Scare Away All the Bald Eagles!
    Quotations from Center for Conservation Biology

    “There are currently no eagle nests at the Diatomite property.”
    – 2015, Bryan Watts, Director, Center for Conservation Biology, Richmond Times Dispatch

    “The portion of the bald eagle population that has become ‘urbanized’ is expanding. The bald eagle nestlings that are growing up in nests in people’s back yards, public parks, golf courses and other human occupied locations peer out of their nests viewing all our human activities and the sounds we make. When they fledge from their nests they are acclimated to these sounds, sights, and noises and do not shy away from our human locations.”
    – 2014, Bryan Watts, Director, Center for Conservation Biology, CCB Eagle Nest Blog

    “The bald eagle population is rapidly approaching saturation. You don’t have to worry about bald eagles in the Chesapeake Bay!”
    – 2013, Courtney Turrin, Raptor Biologist, Center for Conservation Biology, Lecture to Northern Neck Audubon

    “A recent investigation within the lower Chesapeake Bay has shown that success rate and productivity for pairs within the most human-dominated settings are not statistically distinguishable from pairs in the most pristine settings.”
    – 2008, Bryan Watts, Director, Center for Conservation Biology, “Recovery of the Chesapeake Bay Bald Eagle Nesting Population.”

    “In recent years, there has been an increasing number of bald eagle pairs nesting in close proximity to human activity. Over the past decade, the transition in the bald eagle population has been ongoing with an increasing number of pairs breeding in very disturbed settings. Productivity and young survivorship were not influenced by the location of the breeding territory relative to urban development.”
    – 2007, Bryan Watts, Director, Center for Conservation Biology, “Status, Distribution, and the Future of Bald Eagles in the Chesapeake Bay Area.”

    Center for Conservation Biology Eagle Nest Map shows eagle nests next to:
    -Dahlgren Naval Warfare Airfield
    -Quantico Airfield
    -Norfolk International Airport
    -Camp Peary Airfield
    -Newport News Williamsburg Airport
    -Surry Nuclear Power Plant
    -James River Coal Fired Power Plant
    -Possum Point Coal Fired Power Plant
    -Grey’s Point Campground
    -Harbor View Campground
    -Wilcox Wharf Public Boat Landing
    -Kingsmill Marina
    -Hopyard Farm Subdivision

    The US Fish & Wildlife Service first proposed de-listing the bald eagle in 1990 because populations had reached target levels. The Chesapeake Bay eagle population has increased ten-fold (10x) since 1990.

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