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Click on the questions below to see answers to the most common questions about maintaining natural areas and maintenance-related topics.
I heard that some of Reston's streams are being "restored." What does that mean and who's paying for it?
Where does water and debris that washes into storm sewers go?
I see signs at the lakes saying not to feed the geese and ducks, but my children love to do it. What's the harm?
I saw some people with a big net in the stream near my home. They said they were counting "bugs." What did they mean?
Is swimming allowed in the lakes and ponds?
Can I use a boat on the lake near my house?
Are there boats for rent on Reston's lakes?
Is fishing allowed on Reston's lakes and ponds?
Are Reston's lakes and ponds stocked for fishing?
Why are some lakes posted "Catch and Release"?
What are those concrete posts behind my house?
Who maintains the pathways and sidewalks in Reston?
Why maintain Reston's natural areas? If they are "natural," what kind of maintenance do they need?
Are there any rules about using Reston's paths and natural areas?
Can I camp in Reston natural areas?
Since leaves and other yard debris are natural, can I toss them into the natural area near my home and leave them to decompose?
I saw a sign that said Reston is a "Tree City USA." What does that mean?
A tree has fallen across the path near my house. What should I do?
What's being done to stop beavers from felling trees near our streams?
Why is there wire fencing along the path near my house?
There are squirrels in my attic. How do I get rid of them?
I love watching the birds in my yard. How can I learn more about the birds I'm seeing?
Are bird walks offered in Reston?
I found a baby bird in my yard. What should I do?
Deer are eating the plants in my yard. What can I do?
Are nature programs offered through Reston Association?
Where can I find out about nature programs?
Where is the Walker Nature Education Center and what's there?
What is the Nature House?
Is there a leash law and pooper-scooper law in Reston?
Who do I call about dead animals on the road?
My neighbor's cat stalks and kills birds at the bird feeder in my yard. Is there anything I can do?
How does recycling work in Reston?
What plastic containers can I recycle?
I see signs in my neighborhood about Backyard Wildlife Habitat. Where can I get more information?
How do I rent a garden plot? And what is the difference between "organic" garden plots and others?
Who picks up the trash in Reston?
There are beautiful woods owned by Reston Association behind my home. Is there any chance they will be developed in the future?
How old are the forests in Reston?
There is an Adopt-a-Spot sign near my home. What does it mean? How can I volunteer?
On a recent Saturday morning I saw people pulling ivy out of the woods near my home. Why were they doing that?
Can I compost yard debris in my back yard?
What was here before Reston was built?
Are there opportunities to volunteer in Reston's natural areas?