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Appointments made to new Tysons transportation advisory board

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed members Feb. 12 to the newly formed Tysons Transportation Service District Advisory Board. This 17-member group will recommend the annual tax rate for the service district as well as help to prioritize transportation improvements in Tysons to be funded by the district.

The board created the tax district in January to help pay for the more than $3.1 billion in new roads and public transit needed in Tysons during the next 40 years. It is expected to generate about $250 million, about 8 percent of the total $3.1 billion county planners expect will be needed for road projects over the next four decades.

Commercial properties make up about 83 percent of the service district’s almost $11.5 billion in total assessed property value.

The 17 members include both residential and commercial property owners within Tysons as well as individuals representing apartment renters, businesses that lease commercial space and the communities surrounding Tysons.

View the list of appointees at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news/2013/board-appoints-tysons-service-district-board.htm.

County to spray pesticides to combat cankerworms

Fairfax County’s urban foresters are reporting a significant increase in the number of fall cankerworms (Alsophilia pometaria) observed during their annual survey. The fall cankerworm might defoliate multiple species of trees and has been found in defoliating levels in areas of the Mount Vernon and Lee districts.

Contrary to its name, the fall cankerworm is only destructive when the caterpillars are active in the early spring. In normal years the fall cankerworm causes little to no damage. However, Fairfax County is experiencing a dramatic increase in population levels in residential and forested areas. Defoliation will stress the trees, and if the cankerworms are left unchecked, might put hundreds of acres of trees in Fairfax County at risk.

The county is planning to spray about 2,000 acres in the Lee and Mount Vernon districts with the pesticide Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt, in mid to late April. Bt is similar to a naturally occurring bacteria.

The spraying will be done aerially using helicopters and experienced pilots, according to county officials. After spraying, the fall cankerworm will die within a few days.

The county is also encouraging residents to complete a four-question online fall cankerworm report form at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/surveys/fallcankerworm.htm that will assist urban foresters to determine areas where future monitoring might take place.

For more information about the fall cankerworm, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/environmental/canker4.htm

EDA opens Boston office

The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority has selected Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications Inc. to run the FCEDA’s new Boston marketing efforts and work with New England companies considering expansion to the Washington, D.C., area for business opportunities.

“With its concentration of IT companies, strong venture capital community, life-science initiatives and renowned academic institutions, the Boston area shares many economic similarities with the Fairfax-Washington area, and we are opening a Boston office to show New England companies how they can benefit by expanding with a Fairfax County location,” said Gerald L. Gordon, president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority.

In addition to Boston, the FCEDA has six marketing offices around the world: Los Angeles, Bangalore, London, Munich, Seoul and Tel Aviv.