Purcellville Mayor Robert W. Lazaro, Jr., has been appointed to the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation by Governor Bob McDonnell. Mayor Lazaro’s appointment is for a four year term beginning July 1, 2012 and ending June 30, 2016. The Virginia Land Conservation Foundation is located in the Department of Conservation and Recreation and was formed in 1999 by the General Assembly and Governor to help fund protection of the Commonwealth’s working farms, forests, natural areas, parks, rivers, battlefields and other historical sites that are critical to our economy, culture and quality of life. The Foundation is made up of 19 members and has representation from each of Virginia’s 11 Congressional Districts. Since the funds’ inception in 1999, the General Assembly has
allocated more than 42 million dollars to the Virginia Land Conservation Fund which in turn leverages conservation dollars from Federal, local and private sources.
“I’m honored to be appointed by Governor McDonnell to the Board of the Foundation,” said Purcellville Mayor Bob Lazaro. “The Town has protected more than 1,500 acres through easements and I am delighted to be able to continue this work on behalf of the Commonwealth”.
The Town of Purcellville is the only local government in Loudoun to protect its own property with Conservation Easements including the largest easement in the County and the protection of Fireman’s Field.
Mayor Lazaro has previously served as Chairman of the Environmental Quality Committee of the Virginia Municipal League and currently serves as Chairman of the Leagues’ Go Green Initiative. Recently, the Town won a National Award from the Business Civic Leadership Center of the US Chamber of Commerce and the Siemens’ Corporation for sustainability. The Town has won several other environmental awards and is a Tree City USA community for six consecutive years and the recipient of the Governor’s Gold Medal for Environmental Excellence.