Mosby Heritage Area Association names hero award winners

The Mosby Heritage Area Association, the Northern Virginia Piedmont preservation and education organization, has selected four individuals to receive the organization’s annual Heritage Hero Award.

Robert Lee, formerly of Clarke County, is one of the award recipients. Previously county administrator in Clarke, Lee, of Fauquier County, helped Clarke develop a unique sliding scale zoning in the 1980s. After moving to Fauquier he played a critical role in the development of comprehensive plans and rural zoning that have helped to protect Fauquier.

Under his leadership as county administrator, Fauquier adopted a Purchase of Development Rights program that has today protected nearly 10,000 acres of farm land — the most successful PDR program in Virginia.

As a finale to his public service career he assumed the position of executive director of the Virginia Outdoors Foundation, the largest land trust in America. VOF holds conservation easements on 677,000 acres of land in the commonwealth with a huge increase on easement donations during the 10 years that Lee was executive director.

Other winners are Mitch Diamond of Unison and John and Mary Fishback, both of Loudoun County.

The Heritage Hero award is given to individuals or groups in the Mosby Heritage Area who have given much to the preservation and conservation of the natural and cultural resources in this area. The awards will take place at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 10 at the National Sporting Library and Museum, 102 The Plains Road in Middleburg. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.