Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund CEO Tom Clarke Receives 2014 A. Willis Robertson Conservation Award

The Virginia Chapter of The Wildlife Society, the professional society for wildlife biologists in Virginia, recognizes exceptional contributions to wildlife conservation in the Commonwealth by awarding the A. Willis Robertson Award.  The A. Willis Robertson Award is named after the Congressman and Senator from Virginia that cowrote and sponsored the Pittman–Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act that established the funding source for all fish and wildlife agencies and triggered the wildlife biology profession in the 1930’s.


The 2014 A. Willis Robertson Award was presented to Tom Clarke, CEO of VCLF, on February 4, 2014 citing the historic transfer of the Natural Bridge property, donation of a conservation easement to protect the property, and establishing a path to transfer the property to become Natural Bridge State Park.  This notable work will protect 1600 acres of habitat, key cave systems, a large portion of Cedar Creek, and the iconic rock formation for which the property and Rockbridge County are named.