The winners of the 2012 Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards were presented on April 11, 2012 at the Environment Virginia Symposium in Lexington, VA. Only thirteen awards were awarded by the Governor in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the Northern Neck Land Conservancy, the only non-profit land trust on the Northern Neck, was a recipient, receiving a Silver Medal.

The awards recognize the significant contributions of environmental and conservation leaders in three categories: environmental projects, environmental programs and land conservation. They are given to businesses and industrial facilities, not-for-profit organizations and government agencies. Award winners were chosen based on criteria including environmental benefit, stakeholder involvement, public outreach, transferability and innovativeness.

Speaking about the awards, Governor McDonnell remarked, "The accomplishments of these award winners are truly impressive. They demonstrate a clear commitment to improve our environment and make the lives of all Virginians better."

In the category of land conservation, The Northern Neck Land Conservancy's Silver Medal was awarded in recognition of its work in helping landowners preserve the rural heritage of the Northern Neck and for its efforts in the Cat Point Creek region. The land trust is committed to the preservation of farms, forests, historical sites, vistas and watersheds in the five-county region. To date, the NNLC has assisted in preserving 15,057 acres of land and over 13 miles of shoreline.

"This is truly an honor for the Northern Neck Land Conservancy", said Jamie Tucker, Executive Director. "It recognizes the outreach programs and assistance that our land trust provides to the landowners on the Northern Neck and the value that is placed on conserving land for the health of our community and our children's future. As the only land trust on the Northern Neck, we are proud to offer our services to the community and help those who want to protect their lands."

Additional information on the Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards is available on the DEQ website.