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April 8, 2015

Faces of Fauquier: Native devoted to great outdoors

Photo/Cassandra Brown
“I get this sigh of relief when I enter the county,” Maggi MacQuilliam says. “There’s no place else like Fauquier.”
This is just home. Both the community and landscape call me back every time I think I might leave. I can walk into the Marshall IGA and see someone I know. I feel as if people genuinely care here, about other people and where they live. They have communal values.
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She represents a younger generation of Fauquier residents who have passion for land conservation.

Maggi MacQuilliam, the Southern Fauquier and Culpeper land conservation officer for the Piedmont Environmental Council, grew up near Marshall, spending lots of time outdoors.

“Growing up on Wildcat Mountain really helped shape me. There are large tracks of land, and I could go anywhere in this open space. To have such freedom instilled in me at such a young age gave me respect for open space,” Ms. MacQuilliam said.

Her connection with the land, education and enthusiastic personality led to a job with the PEC where she could help preserve the county’s natural assets.

Fauquier “has a strong and unique sense of place. I get this sigh of relief when I enter the county. It feels and smells different. It’s home,” she said.

She hopes others can enjoy similar connections with “more opportunities for folks to enjoy and access our bountiful resources — rivers, streams, mountains.”

In her free time, she enjoys kayaking, hiking and camping.

• Age
30

• Home

Marshall

• Work
Southern Fauquier and Culpeper land conservation officer at the Piedmont Environmental Council since 2013. She works with landowners, local government and conservation organizations to protect critical land and resources from Marshall to Culpeper.

Land conservation and stewardship coordinator at PEC, 2008 to 2010.

• Why do you do the job?
I wholeheartedly believe in the mission of the PEC. Growing up in Fauquier County was a truly holistic experience. I was able to be a kid and grow up in the woods and have no worries. Growing up on Wildcat Mountain really helped shape me. There are large tracks of land, and I could go anywhere in this open space. I reaped the benefits of being surrounded by farmland, but being close to Route 66. It was the best of both worlds. To have such freedom instilled in me at such a young age gave me respect for open space. When I was offered a job at the PEC, a place that conserves the county’s assets, it was a win-win.

• Family
Parents, Michael and Debbie; brother, Johnathan and his wife, Leslie; nephew, Grayson.

• Education
Master’s degree, community development and planning, Clark University in Massachusetts, 2013. Bachelor’s in geography and urban and regional planning, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2007. Fauquier High School, 2002.

• Civic involvement
Volunteer with the Fauquier Trails Coalition. Committee member of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
Since I was 3 years old.

• Why do you live here?
This is just home. Both the community and landscape call me back every time I think I might leave. I can walk into the Marshall IGA and see someone I know. I feel as if people genuinely care here, about other people and where they live. They have communal values.

• How do you describe this county?
It has a strong and unique sense of place. I get this sigh of relief when I enter the county. It feels and smells different. It’s home. Filled with agriculture and industry and they don’t compete. Our community has worked to keep that going in a sustainable and profitable way. It’s beautiful with the landscapes, working cattle farms, and mom-and-pop shops. It didn’t happen by accident. Landowners and county officials and residents worked to make it a success. There’s no place else like Fauquier County.

• What would you change about Fauquier?
I would want more opportunities for folks to enjoy and access our bountiful resources — rivers, streams, mountains. This will facilitate a connection with people and the land through trails, and (one day) a boat launch at Rappahannock Station (Remington). Really get outdoors and enjoy everything our area has to offer.

• What do you do for fun?
Kayaking, hiking, backpacking, sitting around campfires with friends and camping.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
Driving down Carter’s Run Road, which runs along Wildcat Mountain. You can see the rolling hills and agriculture. That landscape has been like that for hundreds of years. It’s a place where I completely slow down.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
I think there will be a lot of similarities. Agriculture will still dominate the industry. I hope the progress that comes in 10 years is done in as thoughtful a manner as it has been, so we maintain the thoughtful qualities Fauquier has to offer.

• Favorite TV show?
“Parks and Recreation”

• Favorite movie?
“Royal Tenenbaums” and “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou”

• Favorite book?
“Still Life with Woodpecker” by Tom Robbins.

• Favorite vacation spot?
Seneca Rocks, West Virginia

• Favorite food?
Beef jerky

• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
Something my parents would always tell me is, “The best is yet to be.” It always inspired me at any point in my life, through personal or professional struggles. I know something better is right around the corner and it motivates me to work harder.

• Who’s your hero and why?
My brother, Johnathan. He is a firefighter in Fairfax. He goes to work every single day to help other people in an unselfish way. He puts his life in other firefighters’ hands. When most people would run away from a burning building, he runs toward a burning building. He has an unselfish caring for other people and it’s a constant reminder that I should do the same.

• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
Buy land and build a little house. Have a place to call my own and ensure it’s around for my family.

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Jim Griffin · April 8, 2015 at 12:08 pm
Maggie makes a fine contribution to life in The Piedmont, but many commenters on Fauquier Now are very critical of the Piedmont Environmental Council and others with a strategy of restricting growth through conservation easements and other means.

I'm fine with the role of government in our county and think this is the will of its citizens, but others disagree. They see our county Republicans as liberals backing government-imposed, public-financed land restrictions.

Maggie is the real face of these efforts and we're the better for it.
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