Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve has been an area of relatively intense scientific study. The first recorded mention of the Bull Run Mountains in a peer-reviewed research article is found in the late-19th century (Smith & Palmer, 1888). This pattern of scientific usage became solidified during the late 1930’s, when a botanist by the name of H.A. Allard focused considerable research efforts on Bull Run Mountains, publishing field notes and research on a wide range of natural history. Since that time many researchers have followed his lead and added to the canon of literature that has been completed on the mountain, while furthering what we know about the region’s natural history.
The unique geologic and ecological features of the preserve combined with the comparative lack of anthropogenic disturbances that are so common in most of Northern Virginia, have provided researchers with a special opportunity. Further, the notable presence of regionally rare species, such as timber rattlesnakes and eastern populations of ravens further underline the importance of the Bull Run Mountain Natural Area Preserve and the role it plays in our continued understanding of the Northern Piedmont ecosystem, both past and present.
With the assistance of a grant from the Sacharuna Foundation, a survey of 100+ years of scientific inquiry on Bull Run Mountains has allowed VOF to create a library of published studies.
A complete bibliography of studies centered on the Bull Run Mountains is available here.
To ask questions about our collection of research studies or on using Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve in a research project you may contact Joe Villari at (571) 438-8957 or Leslie Grayson at (703) 850-3924.
Gurney, A. B. (1964). Harry A. Allard, Naturalist: His Life and Work (1880-1963). Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club. Vol. 91, No. 2 (Mar. – Apr., 1964), pp. 151-164
Smith, H. M., & Palmer, W. (1888). Additions to the avifauna of Washington and vicinity. The Auk, 5(2), 147-148.