Round Hill resident Gina Faber is the 2016 McGranahan Stewardship Award winner.
She was presented with the award during the Nov. 6 Hail to the Trail event, during which residents join in the effort to clean up and maintain the town’s Chapman DeMary Trail environmental area.
During the day-long event, more than 100 people explored nature along the meandering stream and listening to live music by Willie White. The event was co-hosted by The Nature Generation and the Town of Purcellville.
The Dominion Foundation presented a check for $10,000 for a project designed to “Enhance Environmental Stewardship and Access to Nature” at the trail.
In presenting the award, the Nature Generation cited Faber’s dedication of time, talent and passion in enhancing the trail and teaching others about the natural habitat along the banks of the south Fork of Catoctin Creek in town.
She has led students, youth groups, scouts, and other volunteers who have come to the trail for field trips and nature hikes. She also cited for her many hours spent helping with projects to enhance pollinator plants on the trail and working with students on a project to remove invasive plants.
She was working as an assistant preschool teacher at Loudoun Valley Community Center when Garth Adams sparked her enthusiasm for nature. She became a Cooperative Extension Master Gardener in 2011 and she revitalized and co-chaired the Children’s Education Team for several years. She also was an active member of the Loudoun Environmental Stewardship Alliance and the Green Team of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun and was a founding member of the Round Hill Community Garden.
Faber is also a classical and traditional musician, who performs all over the county. She owns an edible landscaping company and has recently started a gluten-free baking business, Gina’s Pies.
The McGranaghan Stewardship Award is named after Loudoun Valley High School Environmental Explorations teacher Liam McGranaghan, who works with his students extensively at the trail.