Burling Defenders

Burling Defenders (HMKEA)

Location: McLean, VA 22102 Fairfax County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 57.944', W 77° 12.053'

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On July 16, 1970 — two days after county residents voted to raise their own taxes to buy this land — bulldozers began uprooting trees to replace this forest with 309 houses. The development plan failed because of a fight waged by hundreds of local residents. It proved a life-changing event for many involved and a case study in citizen action.

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 just see fences
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
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Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 2:48pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 309319 N 4315277
Decimal Degrees38.96573333, -77.20088333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 57.944', W 77° 12.053'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 57' 56.64" N, 77° 12' 3.18" W
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Area Code(s)540, 703, 571, 202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 623 Potomac River Rd, McLean VA 22102, US
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