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Thornton River Tree Planting Project

March 24 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Friends of the Rappahannock is looking for volunteers to help us plant trees along the scenic Thornton River on a farm in Rappahannock County Virginia.

The project is focused on planting trees to reduce erosion, protect water quality, and improve habitat for fish and wildlife.

We have all the materials needed including tools, gloves, plants, water, and snacks. We recommend bringing a hat or visor and a reusable water bottle.

Conservation staff will be on the site to provide instruction on planting methods, safety talk, and to answer questions about the project and the larger restoration efforts taking place across the region.

This project requires volunteers to work on a farm and in and around a large river which has lots of gravel, cobble, boulders, and mud. The river has a swift current and water temperatures are still very cold so caution is advised near the river.

All participants must complete and sign a WAIVER. Any participate under 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

Three incredible riverside trail heads into Shenandoah National Park are only a short drive away which makes this a perfect part of a full day escape into the mountains! Additionally, if you like to fish, the landowner has given special permission for volunteers to fish this stretch of the Thornton River after planting trees. All anglers must have valid fishing licenses.

Once you turn onto Thornton River Farm Lane, follow signs for tree planting project. This will lead you past several barns, and up a hill.

If you have any questions please contact FOR Programs Manager at bryan.hofmann@riverfriends.org or call 540-373-3448


This project is made possible thanks to our partners at Piedmont Environmental Council, Virginia Department of Forestry, Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District and funding through the Virginia Agricultural Cost Share Program (VACS), National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Patagonia, and the Arbor Day Foundation


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March 24
10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Bryan Hofmann
540-373-3448 x112


Thornton River Planting Project
90 Toad Hill Lane
Castleton, VA 22716 United States
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