Here’s your opportunity to increase efforts to conserve land in Nelson and Amherst counties in the Appalachian Trail landscape … just by voting online!
For the past several years, the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) have been partners in saving land in Virginia. The board president of the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy, Dr. Diana Christopulos, is one of nine national finalists for the Cox Conserves Heroes Award. Diana won the competition for Virginia and is now competing against eight other finalists from Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts and Washington state. If Diana wins the national competition, she’ll receive $50,000, which will go to the Southwest and Central Virginia Regional Office of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
Here is why this is important to our area. The ATC is now providing grant funding to the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy to hire a staff person in order to increase conservation of land in Nelson and Amherst counties in the broader Appalachian Trail landscape. Two volunteer members of the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy board who live in Nelson (Susan McSwain) and Amherst (Wendy Kendrick) – would like to encourage you to vote for Diana in order to put the prize money to work here in our own back yard.
To see a video on Dr. Christopulos and vote for her, click here. You can vote once per email address, so feel free to vote with both work and personal accounts. Deadline to cast your vote is October 15.