Oyster Wars

Oyster Wars

The Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States, has a rich history filled with natural beauty and conflict. One such conflict was the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Wars, a destructive struggle for control over the region’s oyster beds that took place in the late...
Make a Wetland in a Bottle

Make a Wetland in a Bottle

Wetlands are areas of land flooded by water at some point during the year, either permanently or seasonally. These ecosystems offer many benefits including pollution filtration, flood reduction and wildlife habitat creation. Create your own wetland in a bottle and...
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...
Urban Heat Island Effect – What is that?

Urban Heat Island Effect – What is that?

Why urban heat island effect is a problem in Fredericksburg and Planning District 16, what our study found, and how we can address it. Have you ever considered why the temperature is cooler and more consistent in the shade of trees than beside buildings and highways?...
Riparian Buffers – What’s the Point?

Riparian Buffers – What’s the Point?

In reading or hearing about the Rappahannock River, you may have encountered the term “riparian.” Riparian is an adjective used for the area along a river or stream’s edge and is used with several different words. A riparian zone or area is the complete...
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...
BUZZZZ…. Protecting Pollinators

BUZZZZ…. Protecting Pollinators

Maintaining a colony of flying, stinging insects may not seem an enjoyable pastime, but it is one that I have chosen to pursue. After being exposed to beekeeping online, I learned of the threats to pollinators, worldwide, and the fulfillment of the beekeeping...
Safety on the Rappahannock River

Safety on the Rappahannock River

It’s that time of year when the weather and water starts getting warmer and everyone is itching to get outside! Many of you will even spend times along the Rappahannock or on the Rappahannock in the coming months, so it’s important to remember a few key river...
ALL ABOUT SHAD!

ALL ABOUT SHAD!

As spring comes to the Rappahannock river community, you’re probably hearing a lot about a fish called the shad. You may also be wondering, what is a shad? How do you catch one? Can I eat it?   Here are a few facts about the shad you may not have known.  ...
Spring Bloomers; Blink and You’ll Miss Them

Spring Bloomers; Blink and You’ll Miss Them

As I write this at the end of February we are being teased by the occasional warm day, giving us a sense that Spring is just around the corner.  Our riparian forest is still bare and the Winter sunlight reaches down to a carpet of Fall leaves.   Just under that...

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