NVSWCD Bids Farewell to Diane Hoffman, Welcomes Laura Grape

Diane Hoffman and Laura Grape with the NVSWCD Board of Directors

After serving the Conservation District for 30 years, Diane Hoffman retired at the end of 2012. She has been an ambassador for conserving natural resources by facilitating and encouraging partnerships over the course of her tenure. Hoffman was honored by the Virginia House of Delegates, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Fairfax County Park Authority, Fairfax County Stormwater Management, the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the NVSWCD Board of Directors for her years of service.

Laura Grape is the Conservation District's new Administrator/Executive Director. Grape has worked in the environmental planning field at the local and regional level over the last fifteen years. Grape holds degrees in Environmental Conflict Resolution and Collaboration and in Biology from George Mason University.

“As the Conservation District faces new challenges and opportunities, I am confident that Laura will do a superb job of carrying on the District's work,” remarked Hoffman. “I am proud and excited to be joining the Conservation District. From first-hand experience of partnering with NVSWCD, I know the value it brings to Fairfax County residents and the Commonwealth as a whole,” said Grape.

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The Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District is a local, independent government agency serving Fairfax County residents. Founded in 1945, NVSWCD is one of 47 conservation districts in Virginia and approximately 3,000 nationwide. The Conservation District promotes clean streams and protected natural resources, working to lessen the impact of urban and suburban activities on our land and water resources through effective leadership, technical assistance and outreach programs in collaboration with government, industry and the public.

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