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...
Investing in Young Professionals

Investing in Young Professionals

Many of us fondly remember summer jobs from our high school and college days, internships that helped us figure out what career path we wanted to follow (or not follow) and opportunities that shaped the purpose of our lives today. At Friends of the Rappahannock we...
Dear River Friend

Dear River Friend

As an organization, we often talk about how an investment in the River is an investment in the future. Over the past year, FOR made some important investments to further back the future of the organization and the future of natural resource protection and...
A Rising Tide of Capacity: Expanding our Tidal Region Programming

A Rising Tide of Capacity: Expanding our Tidal Region Programming

This year has brought significant growth in staff and project capacity for the tidal office based in Tappahannock. For years the office was staffed by a Lower River Steward and periodically by an educator from the education staff. With minimal support, our staff did...
Plastic Bag Tax – A Year Later

Plastic Bag Tax – A Year Later

On January 1st, 2022, the City of Fredericksburg rang in the New Year by being one of the first municipalities in Virginia to impose a 5-cent tax on disposable plastic bags distributed at all grocery stores, convenience stores and drugstores in the City.  Friends of...
How to Help Wetlands Help YOU!

How to Help Wetlands Help YOU!

Why wetlands are important, the history of their degradation and how we are working to restore them in the Rappahannock River watershed and beyond.  Historical unrecognition of the many cultural, economic and personal benefits of wetlands to humans has led to...
General Assembly 2023

General Assembly 2023

Join us as a strong voice for the Rappahannock River at the state level. The 2023 General Assembly session starts January 11th. We are prioritizing these issues and will regularly update this page. We will include info on bill progress and how you can make a...
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...
Investing in Education Across the Watershed

Investing in Education Across the Watershed

Do you remember your “Ah ha!” moment? That moment when you understood your connection to the natural world? That moment when you knew you were going to start the lifelong journey of making sound decisions for the benefit of the environment? That is the goal of our...
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...

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