NEW BLOG POST: Where are the Trees?

If you are a Friends of the Rappahannock, you likely have seen our many tree planting posts and photos. But many of these are only a field of volunteers and green tubes.

WHAT ARE THE GREEN TUBES? Find out what they are and why they are so important to our stream restoration projects.

11th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Join us for a series of inspirational films that feature adventure, conservation and calls to action you can make possible in your community. There will be ways for you to get involved locally, a bake sale and popcorn, raffle prizes and some amazing films! FREE FOR ALL PRE – K  through COLLEGE STUDENTS!

Become a River Friend!

Support the Rappahannock by becoming a Friend of the Rappahannock. Join as a member today to discounts on interpretive trips, gear and support the work FOR does on behalf of the river.

River Safety

Check out our blog post that helps you SAFELY plan and prepare for your next river excursion!


To be the voice and active force for a healthy and scenic Rappahannock River.

Our Vision

A Rappahannock River… that is clean and safe for fish consumption and recreation from its Headwaters to its confluence with the Chesapeake.
A Rappahannock River… that supports a healthy and diverse aquatic ecosystem, with submerged grasses, oysters, crabs and other species returned to their historic levels and productivity.
A Rappahannock River Watershed… where land use and runoff is managed to protect and enhance our riparian habitats, downstream waters, scenic viewsheds and historical resources.
A Rappahannock River Community… where the citizens and local governments are educated about river stewardship, where they take a sense of personal stewardship over the river resource, and where they take action in their own backyards and communities to protect it.


So You Forgot Your Reusable Bag….

So You Forgot Your Reusable Bag….

SO YOU FORGOT YOUR REUSABLE BAG...  Starting on January 1, the City of Fredericksburg levied a 5-cent tax on each disposable bag sold at all grocery stores, drugstores and convenience stores within the 22401 zip code. This new tax has encouraged many residents to...

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...

Mountain Run Watershed Getting Attention

Mountain Run Watershed Getting Attention

CULPEPER, VA— On Friday January 22, 2021 staff members from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Rappahannock Rapidan Regional Commission (RRRC), Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR), and the Town and County of Culpeper met at multiple sites along...

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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.  ...

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Our Riverwatch map provides geographic data on the Rappahannock and helps you understand how FOR is helping keep our river healthy.

Impaired Rappahannock River Waterways

Learn more about how your local waterways are doing in pollutant reduction.

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