Friends of the Rappahannock is teaming up with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and the Friends of the Rappahannock River Wildlife Refuge for a volunteer restoration day at the Port Royal Unit of the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge. This unit of the refuge is 125 acres and protects grassland, shrubs, and forested habitat for a wide range of song birds, raptors, and other wildlife species.
FOR staff was astonished by the number of volunteers who showed up on October 20 to scour the banks of the Rappahannock and surrounding streams for trash and debris. They spread out like troops throughout Fredericksburg, Stafford and Spotsylvania to reclaim the riverside and protect our waters. Volunteers worked to clear debris from popular trails and fishing spots such as Ruffins Pond and the Canal Path, as well as along roadside stream banks and hidden dump sites.
Once again, community members showcased their love and commitment to our wonderful river. On Oct. 19, over 230 volunteers donated their Saturday and joined Friends of the Rappahannock and Stafford High School Learn and Serve Students for our Fall River Cleanup.