Park Authority Names Recipient of Environmental Stewardship Award
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has named the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust (NVCT) as the 2012 Sally Ormsby Environmental Stewardship Award winner. Created in 2007, the Ormsby Award recognizes outstanding service to Fairfax County through stewardship of our environment and dedication to parks and open space. This award recognizes significant accomplishments and service that provides an environmental legacy for the future and tangible benefits to the community.
This year’s recipient, the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust, has served as a partner with the Fairfax County Park Authority in an effort to preserve natural areas, trails, streams and parks since its creation in 1994. Over the years, NVCT has preserved 5,421 acres in Northern Virginia, a direct benefit to the Fairfax County Park Authority and the 80% of all Fairfax County residents who visit a park at least once each year.
NVCT has played a significant role in many Park Authority land acquisitions including the acquisition of Turner Farm in Great Falls, the creation of a conservation easement for Historic Oak Hill in Annandale, purchase of the Elklick Preserve in western Fairfax County, as well as the creation of the Historic Salona conservation easement, the Ruckstuhl Park transfer, and the granting of trail easements which enable the completion of the Pimmit Run Trail segment to Pimmit Bend Park. Throughout the years there have been collaborative events and projects including environmental education, invasive plant removal, and park clean-ups.
Vice President & General Counsel for the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust Whit Field said of the award, “The Trust is honored to be chosen as this year’s recipient of the Sally Ormsby Environmental Stewardship Award. NVCT prizes its decades-long relationship with the award winning Fairfax County Park Authority, and the County overall, to help create, buffer and protect through Saving Nearby Nature® what County residents truly prize -- their parks, open spaces and natural and cultural resources. Sally set a high bar for all conservationists and organizations to strive to achieve, and we feel the strong public-private partnership we have forged with the County has shown how effective we all can be when we work together to achieve balance with our natural environment.”
The Sally Ormsby Environmental Stewardship Award will be presented at ceremonies that honor park volunteers, donors and stewards on November 16, 2012. For more information please contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662.