NEW BLOG POST: Where are the Trees?

If you are a Friends of the Rappahannock, you likely have seen our many tree planting posts and photos. But many of these are only a field of volunteers and green tubes.

WHAT ARE THE GREEN TUBES? Find out what they are and why they are so important to our stream restoration projects.

11th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Join us for a series of inspirational films that feature adventure, conservation and calls to action you can make possible in your community. There will be ways for you to get involved locally, a bake sale and popcorn, raffle prizes and some amazing films! FREE FOR ALL PRE – K  through COLLEGE STUDENTS!

Become a River Friend!

Support the Rappahannock by becoming a Friend of the Rappahannock. Join as a member today to discounts on interpretive trips, gear and support the work FOR does on behalf of the river.

River Safety

Check out our blog post that helps you SAFELY plan and prepare for your next river excursion!


To be the voice and active force for a healthy and scenic Rappahannock River.

Our Vision

A Rappahannock River… that is clean and safe for fish consumption and recreation from its Headwaters to its confluence with the Chesapeake.
A Rappahannock River… that supports a healthy and diverse aquatic ecosystem, with submerged grasses, oysters, crabs and other species returned to their historic levels and productivity.
A Rappahannock River Watershed… where land use and runoff is managed to protect and enhance our riparian habitats, downstream waters, scenic viewsheds and historical resources.
A Rappahannock River Community… where the citizens and local governments are educated about river stewardship, where they take a sense of personal stewardship over the river resource, and where they take action in their own backyards and communities to protect it.


General Assembly 2023

General Assembly 2023

Join us as a strong voice for the Rappahannock River at the state level. The 2023 General Assembly session starts January 11th. We are prioritizing these issues and will regularly update this page. We will include info on bill progress and how you can make a...

Where are the Trees?

Where are the Trees?

“FOR said they were planting trees… but all I see is a field of green tubes!” We get this a lot. “Where are the trees?” As a part of our Rappahannock Coastal Forest Program, Friends of the Rappahannock works with our conservation partners to plant thousands of native...

Accessing a Whole New World: the Upper Rappahannock Water Trail

Accessing a Whole New World: the Upper Rappahannock Water Trail

It was a great year to be outside thanks to new public access resources on the Rappahannock River Water Trail! Over the past five years, Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) has been working alongside a group of partners to create new public river access sites along the...

Diadromous Fish: What is that?

Diadromous Fish: What is that?

The Rappahannock River is one of nine major river systems in Virginia and most importantly the one that we live in. It contains many types of fish that people enjoy everyday in the forms of recreational fishing and consumption, or just to look at. There is a group of...

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Our Riverwatch map provides geographic data on the Rappahannock and helps you understand how FOR is helping keep our river healthy.

Impaired Rappahannock River Waterways

Learn more about how your local waterways are doing in pollutant reduction.

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