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Peter Agelasto '62

Chairman, Rockfish Valley Foundation, Nellysford, Va.

Agelasto, a retired attorney who majored in commerce, chairs the public Rockfish Valley Foundation, dedicated to the preservation of natural, historical, ecological and agricultural resources of the area in Nelson County, Va. The organization, which has already done a study of the Rockfish River and has requested a grant to study the Tye River, also promotes rural and agricultural tourism. By showcasing the beauty of the region, as well as educating outsiders about the natural environment, the group hopes to create awareness about land stewardship. “The unique thing about the Rockfish Valley Foundation, we’re not following a path that’s been chartered,” said Agelasto, who has protected his own farmland through a conservation easement. “We are bringing into the public access a lot of the state agencies’ assets. We’ve accomplished an awful lot out of a couple of file cabinets and some dedicated volunteers.”