2019 Vic Thomas Award Winner: Broaddus Fitzpatrick
On September 22, the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy presented Mr. Broaddus Fitzpatrick with its highest award, the A. Victor Thomas Environmental Stewardship Award. Given annually by the land conservancy, this award recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the preservation of the natural heritage of western Virginia. Through his decades of volunteerism with the FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Service Project, the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy, Habitat for Humanity, and more, Mr. Fitzpatrick has exemplified what it means to conserve Western Virginia's natural heritage.
2019 Land Saver Award Recipient: David Jones
The recipient of this year’s Landsaver Award from the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy was Dr. David Jones. He is a conservation-minded orthodontist in Martinsville that has combined his love of fishing, conservation, and the Smith River. He has done so by implementing Trout in the Classroom programs in over 30 elementary and middle schools. This program teaches young minds the importance of conservation and how local ecosystems are impacted by human activities. Dr. Jones has made a lasting impact on the conservation movement in South Western Virginia.