Our Mission…


To be the Voice and Active Force for a healthy and scenic Rappahannock River.
In 2008, we undertook a strategic planning effort to guide our organization in reaching our vision for a healthy and scenic river. Scroll down below to Organizational Documents to download our Strategic Plan.

Our Vision…

A Rappahannock River…that is clean and safe for fish consumption and recreation from its H2waters 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 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.

Our Approach…

In pursuing our river stewardship mission, FOR seeks to be a “wise carpenter” by utilizing the full complement of river protection tools. Wise carpenters rely upon precision tools with a finer touch whenever possible, reserving the sledgehammer as a last resort. Similarly, FOR seeks to work with other watershed stakeholders through the tools of dialogue, education and consensus-based action, turning to confrontation only when more constructive remedies prove insufficient.Friends of the Rappahannock is governed by an Executive Committee consisting of 5 officers, up to 10 at-large representatives, plus the chairs of 6 standing committees. The organization employs a full time Executive Director and several full-time and part-time staff for the implementation of our advocacy, restoration, and education programs.


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