Judy Webb, receipient of the national DAR Conservation Award

Judy Webb, center, with daughter and leaders of local and state DAR chapters.

Johns Creek Historical Society member Judy Webb received the Patriots of Liberty DAR Conservation Award at the DAR's luncheon May 15, 2021 at Country Club of the South. This award acknowledges Judy's decades of extensive service to the community through advocacy, education, and preservation of natural resources and local history.

Many associate Judy with the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve & Heritage Center and, indeed, Judy was a co-founder of the preserve in 1988 and has played numerous roles there with a continuous dedicated presence guiding the organization since its founding.  She still serves Autrey Mill today bringing history to life with tours of the historic buildings and educating visitors about the wildlife inhabiting the preserve and the animals in its exhibits.

When the Johns Creek Historical Society was founded four years ago to research, preserve, and share the history of the entire Johns Creek area, Judy was on-board immediately offering to help wherever needed.  She is a true asset, giving freely of her time and sharing her deep knowledge of local history, memories of the area when it was a rural farming community, and facilitating connections to descendants of other early farm families.

But few know that in the 1980s and 1990s during this area's fast paced evolution from rural to suburban, Judy was a key member of a small group of engaged residents that advocated for controlled growth balanced with preservation of green space.  Against long odds, they maximized their effectiveness by organizing community associations to represent geographic areas, learning the issues, meeting with developers, government staff and elected officials, then presenting logic-based arguments at zoning and policy meetings.  Judy, in particular, became a well known and successful advocate, refered to as "Commissioner Webb" by Fulton Commission Chair Michael Lomax and "unofficial mayor of north Fulton" by a local developer.  Her opinion on zoning matters was sought by the County Commission and her knowledge and tenacity were respected by developers, even those she opposed.

Congratulations, Judy, on receiving DAR's national Conservation Award!