Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Paul F. Revell


Paul F. Revell of Weyers Cave, Virginia is the 2007 recipient of the Gerald P. McCarthy Award for Leadership in Environmental Conflict Resolution from the University of Virginia’s Institute for Environmental Negotiation. The award is presented on behalf of the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute, a partnership program between the Virginia Department of Forestry, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and the University of Virginia Institute for Environmental Negotiation.

Mr. Revell, urban and community forestry coordinator for the Virginia Department of Forestry, was recognized for his leadership in linking groups with tools and resources to improve urban forestry, trails and greenways, and land conservation efforts across the Commonwealth.

Mr. Revell (pictured above with his wife Lindy Revell and Jerry McCarthy) received the award at the graduation dinner for the 2007 class of the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute at U.Va. Alumni Hall on June 7.

The annual award is given to an individual, organization or community who demonstrates leadership in preservation and protection of the Commonwealth’s environment; supports collaborative problem solving through actions, contributions and/or educational programs; and acts as a role model to other groups and individuals for the resolution of environmental issues.

In his 22 years at the Virginia Department of Forestry, Revell has initiated and supported partnerships to maximize the benefits to communities. In her letter nominating Revell for the award, Kim Watson of the Community Design Assistance Center highlighted his efforts to “help communities create a vision and a plan for improving their natural and built environments, stimulate their economies, and build community consensus, pride, and hope,” comparing his skill in linking people, places and resources to that of a master weaver.

“One would be hard-pressed to find a place in Virginia that Paul has not touched,” she added.

“Paul’s vision has been critical in bringing people and groups together for new approaches to community forestry in Virginia,” said Frank Dukes, IEN director and VNRLI faculty. “We are pleased to recognize his leadership with the 2007 award.”

The Gerald P. McCarthy Award for Leadership in Environmental Conflict Resolution was created in 2004 to honor McCarthy, its first recipient, and his varied contributions to protect and promote environmental literacy and mediation in Virginia. McCarthy is executive director of the Virginia Environmental Endowment.