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"He had not only this tremendous sense of the history of the state and the history of Act 250, but he had a judgment that was always reasonable," said Ewing. "Just a very remarkable gentleman."

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"For his vision and commitment to the stewardship of our natural resources, we will always be grateful," Gov. James Douglas said.

"We wanted strong controls," said Gibb in an interview. "The question was how to do it."

large portrait fills part of a wall off the House chamber. He is shown sitting outside and most of the painting is a colorful landscape, with flowers, fields and mountains.

"I really don't think anyone had a larger impact on Act 250 than Art," said Ewing.

"I remember quite vividly campaigning in 1972, the first time I ran, and a number of voters, when I asked for their support, responded by saying, 'Oh, I can't vote for you. I'm for Art Gibb.' I had to explain to them that he was our senator and they could vote for both of us," Douglas said.

Act 250 pioneer dies at 97

In 1998, in an interview with The Associated Press on his 90th birthday, Gibb said that Act 250 had played a crucial role in saving what makes Vermont special.

"He was a true steward of the environment long before the term became popular," Jeffords said. "He understood the pressures that our state faced a generation ago, and future generations will benefit from his foresight."

Out of the Gibb Commission came the framework for Act 250, passed in 1970. The law details the 10 criteria by which all development is reviewed. Those criteria, which cover such issues as water quality, soil erosion, traffic and scenic quality, have stood the test of time.

His love of the outdoors was limitless. He would often commute to the Statehouse via the Middlebury Gap, stopping for a Nike Dri Fit Jacket Mens Running

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John Ewing, a longtime chair of the state Environmental Board, said the 10 criteria "are a remarkable statement of what Vermont is all about."

a landscape of Vermont," Douglas said.

Davis, also a Republican, turned to Gibb the governor later described Gibb as "a man of great personal charm (who) was well known for his judicial and fair minded temperament" and asked him to lead a special commission to examine the problem.

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In 1969, newly elected Gov. Deane Davis realized southern Vermont was under siege from eager developers who cared solely about profit.

Gibb's portrait hangs in the Statehouse. He is one of only three former lawmakers to be so honored. The Nike Hoodies For Girls Grey

Gibb moved to the Senate in 1971, representing Addison County and serving until 1987. In the Senate he championed countless environmental initiatives. More than that, though, he was known as a no nonsense lawmaker who put the state above party politics.

quick ski on the way. Douglas recalled that Gibb would campaign throughout Addison County on a bicycle.

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Gibb, an investment banker, moved to Weybridge in 1951 to farm.

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The governor also said that Gibb was highly popular in his district, noting that in 1972 Douglas ran for the House seat that Gibb had held until 1971.

"Art Gibb was a solid and insightful man to whom I frequently turned to for guidance," said Sen. James Jeffords, I Vt., who was attorney general in 1969 during the fight against uncontrolled second home development in southern Vermont.

MONTPELIER Arthur Gibb, considered the father of Vermont's pioneering environmental law known as Act 250, died Tuesday at the age Nike Hoodie White And Red of 97.

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In 1962 he entered politics, winning election to the state House as a Republican. He was serving on the tax writing Ways and Means Committee when a vacancy opened up in the chairmanship of the House Natural Resources Committee.

The law also created a system of local district commissions, made up of lay people, to review development plans, with appeals made to a statewide board.

Gibb asked House Speaker Richard Mallary if he could have it and Mallary agreed.

The move placed the outdoors enthusiast in a critical role at a critical time.

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After retiring from the Senate, Gibb served on the state Environmental Board, including a brief stint as chairman.

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