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December 6, 2018

Georgia Herbert receives CFFC conservation award

Photo/Leland Schwartz
Georgia Herbert, a lawyer from The Plains, served as Scott District supervisor from 1988 through ’95.
An attorney and former county supervisor from The Plains this week received the Kitty P. Smith Conservation Award from Citizens for Fauquier County.

Georgia Herbert has devoted her “entire political and professional lives” to protecting Fauquier’s future, CFFC President Les Cheek said in presenting the award Wednesday night.

“Georgia was on the front lines in epochal struggles against countless housing subdivision proposals, uranium mining, the outer beltway and Disney America,” Mr. Cheek added. She has guided hundreds of clients “through the complexities of putting thousands of acres of priceless Piedmont farmland in conservation easements.”

Pointing to her wry humor, he told a story about prominent local developer Bob Sowder pressing his case to her after a supervisors’ meeting decades ago.

“You have your opinions, Mr. Sowder,” she said. “I have a vote.”

The first female supervisor in Fauquier history, she served from two terms, from 1988 through 1995. Ms. Herbert, who lives on a farm her family has owned for eight generations, worked as a Piedmont Environmental Council staff lawyer before establishing her private practice.

Established in 1995, the CFFC Award honors the legacy of the late Dr. Smith, a Delaplane resident who devoted much of her life “to the preservation of her rural Fauquier heritage.”

The award includes $1,000, which Ms. Herbert, 67, said she would donate to the Afro-American Historical Association of Fauquier County.

Last year, the award went to native plant advocate and conservationist Jocelyn Sladen of Warrenton and in 2016 to George Thompson of Marshall, a preservationist and American Chestnut Tree champion.

Wednesday night’s event took place at Hopefield near Warrenton.

> Video: Board of supervisors honors Dr. Smith in 2015:

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Rover 530 · December 11, 2018 at 9:32 pm
She has earned this. A life well-lived. God bless.
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