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NAPS was established in 1989 by Mary Lou Butler, Alexander M. (Mickey) Cochran, Meade Hinton, Jr., Dr. Burris Husman, Eugene E. Paulish and Shirley Smith. We all recognize that Northumberland County is going to grow. If we all join hands, we can help that growth take place "progressively," with order and beauty. We are all stewards of our environment, bearing responsibility for things that are not ours personally.

Over the years the focus of NAPS has evolved, reflecting the priorities of the membership and the Board. NAPS has taken positions on a variety of land use issues, including marinas, cluster homes, landfills, sewage sludge storage sites, and the spreading of urban sewage sludge on agricultural lands in the county. NAPS members also played major roles in helping to draft the 1996 and current re-writes of the county's Comprehensive Plan, and supported the new Northumberland High School/Middle School Campus.

NAPS Presidents:

Mickey Cochran 1989 - 1991
David Schriver 1991 - 1993
Mike Harwood 1993 - 1998
Randy Neal 1998 - 2001
Cary Caton 2002
Don Pumroy 2002 (acting president)
Lynton Land 2002 - 2006
Steve Tallent 2006-2011
Mike Ahart 2011 - 2012
Bill Estell 2012 - Present