Members appointed to Tysons transportation advisory board

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed members Feb. 12 to the newly formed Tysons Transportation Service District Advisory Board.

The 17-member group will recommend the annual tax rate for the service district and help 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.

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

View the list of appointees at

County to spray 2,000 acres with pesticides to fight cankerworms

Fairfax County’s urban foresters are reporting a significant increase in the number of fall cankerworms 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.

The fall cankerworm is only destructive when the caterpillars are active in the early spring. In normal years, it causes little to no damage.

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 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, officials said. After spraying, the fall cankerworm will die within a few days.

The county also encourages residents to complete a four-question online fall cankerworm report form at It will help urban foresters determine areas where future monitoring might take place.

For information, visit

Economic Development Authority expands with office in Boston

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

In addition to Boston, the authority has marketing offices in Los Angeles; Bangalore, India; London; Munich; Seoul; and Tel Aviv.

— Fairfax County Times