Land Conservation and Tree Preservation Awards


awards logoAs part of our continuing efforts to recognize outstanding achievements in protecting our natural resources, Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services invites nominations for the Land Conservation Awards Erosion and Sediment Control and Tree Preservation and Planting. These awards honor developers, designers, site superintendents and contractors whose projects best demonstrate excellence in erosion and sediment control design and implementation and/or a commitment to tree preservation and planting in Fairfax County. Award winners are honored in a ceremony each January. The Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, in cooperation with the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District and the Fairfax Tree Commission, sponsor the annual awards program.

History and Background:

The Land Conservation Awards program was established during the early 1970s through combined efforts with the United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, together with the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District and Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, to provide incentives for developers to participate in reducing erosion at their construction sites and to publicly recognize construction sites with the best erosion and sedimentation control plans that were correctly implemented and properly maintained. Then in the early 1980s, the Tree Preservation and Planting Awards were added to the program to recognize developers who have done an outstanding job of preserving trees and/or incorporating landscaping into their sites

During the period of the early 1970s, Fairfax County and its partner agencies took the lead in Virginia to establish erosion and sedimentation control standards for construction sites, and the county Board of Supervisors signed an agreement to participate in the watershed management program referred to as Public Law 566. That watershed management program was designed to minimize flooding and reduce erosion within the Pohick Creek Watershed by requiring that certain minimum standards of erosion and sedimentation control measures be installed and maintained at construction sites. It also required localities to provide training opportunities for members of the private and public sectors that would be designing, reviewing and approving erosion and sedimentation plans, installing and maintaining the approved measures and inspecting the installations.

 Erosion and Sediment Control Category

Nominations are solicited for Erosion and Sediment Control. Any individual, firm, or an organization that has observed superior efforts of a developer, designer, site superintendent, contractor or a property owner and believes that such efforts are worthy of recognition may submit a nomination. To be eligible for a Land Conservation Award – Erosion and Sediment Control Awards, nominations should cite points of excellence that form the basis of the requested recommendation.

Nominations: Nominations and judging are conducted twice a year, in the Spring and the Fall. Fall nominations are due Sept 30, 2014.

Contact: If you have questions or need reasonable ADA accommodations, contact:

Skip Raynor
Department of Public Works and Environmental Services
Land Development Services, Site Development and Inspections Division
12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 535
Fairfax, VA 22035-5503
Phone 703-324-1720, TTY 711; Fax 703-324-8359
Email

 

Tree Preservation and Planting Category

Tree Preservation and Planting Awards are presented in two categories:

  1. Awards for Tree Preservation are presented to recognize those developers and builders who have done an outstanding job of preserving trees on a project they have constructed. Nominees shall have made a commitment toward tree preservation during the planning stages by designing the project to preserve the maximum number and the most suitable trees possible given the existing resources and site constraints. This commitment shall have been further demonstrated by ensuring the installation, maintenance and honoring of tree protective devices throughout construction of the project to achieve the planned preservation.
  2. Awards for Tree Planting and Landscaping are presented to recognize those developers who have done an outstanding job of replacing trees that were unavoidably destroyed due to development. Nominees shall have made a commitment toward tree conservation in planning and implementation by planting the most suitable species based on post-development conditions and providing for the long-term survival of planted trees.  Planting to take advantage of energy conservation opportunities, provide air and/or water quality benefits, and wildlife benefits; as well as use of native species and improved cultivars and varieties, will also be taken into consideration in this category.

Nominations: The nomination period is currently closed.

Contact: If you have questions or need reasonable ADA accommodations, contact:

Tiffany Thrasher
Department of Public Works and Environmental Services
Land Development Services, Site Development and Inspections Division
12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 535
Fairfax, VA 22035-5503
Phone 703-324-1770, TTY 711; Fax 703-324-8359
Email

 

 Awards Ceremony

The next awards ceremony will take place in January 2015. View a map of the 2013 winners



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