Friend of the Mountain Award
The Friend of the Mountain Award was established in 2006 to recognize efforts on the part of individuals or entities to support the well-being of the Blue Ridge.
Awardees to date include:
2017: W. Joseph (Joe) Coleman, Jr. was recognized for his significant conservation initiatives and many years of volunteer efforts to protect wildlife and their habitats. He has also been an advocate for the environment, promoting citizen science, securing conservation easements and engaging individuals of all ages in discovering the wonder of the natural world – all of which contribute to preserving, enhancing and celebrating our Blue Ridge and its foothills.
2016: Jean Baderschneider and Kim Rapp learned of the plan to open a large beer drinking and entertainment venue in the middle of a residential neighborhood on an unpaved rural road in Bluemont. It was seemingly a done-deal, as the brewery had the legal authority to locate there and the proper permits under current zoning. Jean and Kim reached out to neighbors, and like-minded citizens and organizations. Through their efforts, a team of people was assembled and moved into action. Jean and Kim organized community meetings with lawmakers and encouraged contact with elected officials, while underwriting the legal costs of representation. Jean and Kim continue their commitment to preserving what makes Western Loudoun special by advocating for noise abatement measures and changes to the Comprehensive Plan, which will influence the area’s future.
2016: Sam Kroiz, a mild mannered goat herder, entrepreneur with George’s Mill Dairy, and musician became a fired-up activist for conservation when AT&T proposed constructing a monstrous building on top of the Short Hill. Sam stirred up opposition to their plan by setting up meetings with the staff of the Loudoun County planning department, Lovettsville area citizens who were also outraged by this proposal, and by public appearances before the BOS. He even got Chair Randall to visit the goat farm so she could see for herself how visible and out of place the building would be, even miles away. She commented, having heard many opponents of the plan at these board meetings thank the Supervisors for their attention to the proposal, just prior to the vote, that “indeed, the Board thanks the citizens of the County for their time and attention, and the fact that they showed how much they care about the county.”
2015: Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC). The plaque, accepted by Dick Hostely who is PATC President, reads: “In recognition of their longstanding work through volunteer efforts, education, and advocacy to protect the Appalachian Trail and adjacent lands along the Mid-Atlantic section of the Blue Ridge Mountains, ever mindful of the need to conserve the natural landscape with respect for historical and cultural features”.
2014: Alfred P. Van Huyck, founding member of the Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and former president of the Friends Board of Directors, in recognition of his diverse and tireless efforts to support preservation in our region, including on behalf of the Blue Ridge Mountains and related ecosystems, through service on numerous committees as well as founding and leadership roles with the Loudoun Preservation and Conservation coalition and Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
2013: Dr. Jane Pratt, architect of the Blue Ridge Conservation Corridor, a concept on which much of our work is based, for her efforts on behalf of the Blue Ridge as a founding member of Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains following on a long career of work with mountains and mountain people. Jane died in August, but her spirit lives on through her efforts over many years to steward mountains and mountain people.
2012: Virginia Native Plant Society for work on the mountains to remove invasive species. Awarded at the Annual Meeting on November 11, 2012.
2011: Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship for their placement of a conservation easement on 900 acres of mountain land, their preservation of historic sites, and their sponsorship of a wide range of activities enhancing and celebrating the mountains.
2010: The Jefferson County Planning Commission for initiating a watershed management plan on the Blue Ridge Mountains.
2009: The Town of Purcellville for placing a conservation easement on their 1300 acre reservoir on the mountains.