We’re serving the Rappahannock River from the mountains to the bay. 

Be inspired by some of our favorite stories across the watershed.

Serving each region of the Rappahannock River

Serving each region of the Rappahannock River

This year was a year to remember, but for Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) it will be remembered as a year for growth and expansion. In 2020, we instituted the River Steward program allowing us to increase our ability to advocate, restore and educate across all 2,100...

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Rappahannock River Adventures in 2020

Rappahannock River Adventures in 2020

At FOR, we believe the Rappahannock River is a treasure to share so everyone can work to help protect it.In 2020, we continued to work with partners to increase public access to the river. Our staff celebrated new public access sites and shared some of the more hidden...

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Community helps clean up litter in 2020

Community helps clean up litter in 2020

This year, people flocked to the river in greater numbers as a way to connect with nature and enjoy time with family and friends. Friends of the Rappahannock organizes river clean ups to reduce the amount of trash harming our streams and wildlife. Most years, we...

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Planting trees in 2020

Planting trees in 2020

Working with partners and volunteers, we planted a record number of trees and gave away thousands throughout the Rappahannock River watershed. Trees play a vital role in improving water quality by filtering runoff before it flows into our streams and river.

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Fracking Ban Passes General Assembly

Fracking Ban Passes General Assembly

The Virginia General Assembly banned hydraulic fracturing, commonly called fracking, in the eastern part of the state. This legislation received extensive support and now protects the communities and natural resources of the lower Rappahannock River region from water...

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Reflecting on 2020

Advocacy

Campaigning for state scenic river designation on the Lower Rappahannock River

Working towards more public access and river safety along the Rappahannock River

Removed the threat of fracking from the Rappahannock River

Restoration

11,000 bushels of donated and recycled oyster shell were installed on reef restoration projects

38,300 trees planted by FOR, partners and volunteers to create new riparian buffer

11,900 trees given away in ten counties

Education

Supporting teachers by providing professional development, online resources, materials for activities and virtual field trips

Supporting families by hosting pop-up programs, modified summer camp, citizen science activities and materials for “at home” activities

Supporting students by offering outside learning opportunities at homes, in local parks and at FOR