Headwater Stream Initiative

Headwater Stream Initiative

  Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) and the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) are pleased to announce a new Headwater Stream Initiative designed to provide FREE technical assistance, project design, materials, and labor for the planting of native trees and shrubs...
Living shoreline prompts request for additional projects

Living shoreline prompts request for additional projects

Students from the Chesapeake Bay Governors School (CBGS) Warsaw campus partnered in early May with Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) staff, and interns from the University of Mary Washington, to build a living shoreline in Richmond County. Over two rainy mornings,...
HOW-TO GUIDE: CLEANUP

HOW-TO GUIDE: CLEANUP

This How-to Guide provides educators with step-by-step instructions for organizing cleanups. Cleanups are very eye opening and helpful for the environment. Trash can be found anywhere throughout the community. Take some time, get some friends together and do a great...
Be on the lookout for a living fossil

Be on the lookout for a living fossil

   Kayakers, canoers, tubers, fishermen, and other river rats, this April through June be on the lookout for soundings from the Atlantic and Short nose sturgeon during your adventures along the Rappahannock River. A sounding is when a sturgeon jumps out of the...
Earth Day extravaganza returns to Fredericksburg’s Old Mill Park

Earth Day extravaganza returns to Fredericksburg’s Old Mill Park

By Amanda Patterson, FOR Volunteer Fredericksburg’s 13th annual Earth Day celebration will be taking place on Saturday, April 23rd from 11am to 4pm (rain date: April 30th) and you don’t want to miss it! Thanks to Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation and many other...
Be on the lookout for a living fossil

Be on the lookout for a living fossil

Sturgeon2.pngReport soundings and help scientists track the Rappahannock’s link to the Age of Dinosaurs By Taylor McConnell, Biology Intern Kayakers, canoers, tubers, fishermen, and other riverrats, this April through June be on the lookout for soundings from...
Supreme Court Upholds Chesapeake Bay TMDL

Supreme Court Upholds Chesapeake Bay TMDL

Kilmarnock Virginia 2.jpgToday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. Denying the challenge by the American Farm Bureau Federation and its allies, the decision supports a...
2016 Virginia General Assembly

2016 Virginia General Assembly

State_Capitol_of_the_Commonwealth_of_Virginia_7358972234.jpgThe 2016 General Assembly session has officially begun and all of your legislators are getting busy in Richmond.  Friends of the Rappahannock is working hard to ensure the protection of our River...
Fones Cliffs Development Threatens Rappahannock River

Fones Cliffs Development Threatens Rappahannock River

2014_Summer_Joel.jpgOne of the most important bald eagle habitats on the East Coast is in danger of being turned into a luxury residential community and resort, complete with golf course, lodge, and spa. Fones Cliffs is an idyllic and dramatic spot in Richmond...
Fredericksburg area volunteers get novices hooked on fly fishing

Fredericksburg area volunteers get novices hooked on fly fishing

Ben Raterman photo credit.jpgBY CATHY DYSON/THE FREE LANCE-STAR Only people interested in fly fishing would encourage others to tie one on at 9 in the morning.  There wasn’t any alcohol involved, just golden hooks decorated with various colors of threads and...
Canoe Launch Improves River Access, Reduces Bank Erosion

Canoe Launch Improves River Access, Reduces Bank Erosion

Written by: Chloe Sikora FOR Intern and Student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Seven volunteers huddled underneath a tarp shielding them from pouring rain. Without complaint, they picked up their shovels and finished digging the last three...
Transmission Line Over the Rappahannock

Transmission Line Over the Rappahannock

beforeAfter.jpgDominion is planning to rebuild and expand approximately two miles of transmission line across the Rappahannock River in Lancaster and Middlesex Counties at the Norris Bridge.  According to representatives from Dominion, the proposed upgraded...
Rainscape Retrofit Program

Rainscape Retrofit Program

photo 4.JPGRAINSCAPES PROGRAM MISSION STATEMENT: Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) has developed the Rainscape Retrofits program to reduce the amount of unwanted contaminants (mostly nutrients and sediments) and excessive quantities of stormwater reaching the...
Student Stream Team Program

Student Stream Team Program

IMG_0888.JPGFriends of the Rappahannock’s Student Stream Team program began in 2007 with a partnership between Stafford County Learn and Serve programs and our education department.  FOR has a long history of implementing successful education programs as...
The Confluence

The Confluence

Welcome to the confluence, where the Rapidan and the Rappahannock rivers meet. Due to ongoing private property concerns, the access to the City of Fredericksburg’s watershed property at the Confluence of the Rappahannock and Rapidan River’s is closed and...
Save the Crabs, Then Eat ‘Em

Save the Crabs, Then Eat ‘Em

What is Save the Crabs, Then Eat ‘Em? Why on earth are we talking about saving the crabs just to eat them? Well, take a moment, shut your eyes and think about your favorite memories with blue crabs… For us at Friends of the Rappahannock, we immediately...
Rappahannock River Cleanup

Rappahannock River Cleanup

Geico Action Shot.JPGJoin Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) for a River Cleanup this Spring! Litter comes in all shapes and sizes from mico-plastics we cannot see up to abandoned cars and port-a-johns!  We find tires, shopping carts, bicycles, grills, lawn...
Volunteer at Friends of the Rappahannock

Volunteer at Friends of the Rappahannock

Volunteers are the bedrock of FOR. They are the foundation we rest upon. From Riverfest to planting trees and litter cleanups, from guiding paddle trips down the river to stuffing envelopes in the office, we count on volunteers to help us get the job done.   Who...
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...
Starting Environmental Education Early: It’s Toddler Time!

Starting Environmental Education Early: It’s Toddler Time!

Please keep off the dunes. To me these signs are synonymous with going to the beach. They’re posted every so often in the sandy hills near the shore to remind people to use designated walkways. As a child my parents explained these signs to me, and I learned why I...
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...
Raising Kids Who Will Love Their Mother Earth

Raising Kids Who Will Love Their Mother Earth

Motherhood.   There is no other endeavor that can bring so much joy, frustration, pride, worry, excitement, exhaustion, and love to your life all at the same time.   Day to day I don’t always notice the ways that my kids have integrated the values they have learned...
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...
Are you down to Earth?

Are you down to Earth?

Earth Day. The welcome peak of the spring season. The dogwoods are blooming everywhere I look. Trees’ immature leaves and buds are gaining that shade of green that is only rivalled by the daffodils and tulips that line every street. Ducklings and goslings peck...
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...

Winter Exercise on the Rappahannock

Are you daydreaming about warmer weather? The deep green of the trees along the river? Maybe the way the Rappahannock River feels on your toes as you dangle them over the edge of a boat or tube? Us too! We know many people love to paddle, SUP, tube, wade, rock hop,...

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