Friends of the Lower Appomattox River, Inc.

aka FOLAR   |   Petersburg, VA   |  www.folar-va.org

Mission

FOLAR works in partnership with communities to conserve and protect the Appomattox River for all to enjoy

Ruling year info

2005

Executive Director

Wendy Austin

Main address

1964 Wakefield Street

Petersburg, VA 23805 USA

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EIN

30-0289556

NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Swimming, Water Recreation (N67)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Through strong local and regional partnerships, the volunteers and staff of FOLAR have been conserving and protecting the natural resources along the 25-mile long, 4,720 acre lower Appomattox River corridor in the Petersburg Tri-Cities region for 20 years. While this work has successfully protected over 80 acres of riverfront land for public access, the increasing threat of overdevelopment along the river and the lack of equitable access to public green space and trails in the area is making it more urgent to accelerate the pace of land protection to achieve the community vision of completing the 20-mile long Appomattox River Trail greenway-blueway while ensuring the river will remain a viable source of drinking water for the region for generations to come. Ongoing and significant community health, education, and financial challenges—including communities with high levels of residents living in poverty—limits available local funding and capacity for land and water conservation.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Develop and protect the Appomattox River Trail Greenway/ Blueway system

The Appomattox River Trail greenway-blueway in the Tri-Cities Region of Central Virginia is a developing trail that will span six jurisdictions, linking neighborhoods, vibrant areas of commerce and tranquil forested riparian greenspace - transforming recreation and transportation and catalyzing economic growth for the community and state. The completed Appomattox River Trail and park system will be over 25 miles in length connecting a rich diversity of historical, cultural and physiographic areas stretching from the Brasfield Dam at Lake Chesdin in the Piedmont region to the confluence with the James River in the Coastal Plain region at historic City Point National Park, in the City of Hopewell. The riverside route offers both a trail that is scenic, safe, and accessible as well as creating water access to an extraordinarily beautiful state designated scenic river. The regional Appomattox River Trail Greenway Master Plan was developed in 2017 through funding from The Cameron Foundation and adopted by the CPDC as well as the six localities which the trail passes: the counties of Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, and Prince George and the cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell, and Petersburg.

Population(s) Served

The natural and conservation significance of the Appomattox River corridor is enormous. Situated in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the river is a source of drinking water for the surrounding communities and the corridor falls within the priority area of the Governor of Virginia’s Conserve Virginia strategy which identifies land having the highest conservation value for the state. The lower Appomattox is a Virginia State Scenic River. FOLAR works to promote community participation in river stewardship and organizes regular regional river/corridor cleanup campaigns.

Population(s) Served

Residents and visitors are more likely to be good stewards of the River and appreciate the area's unique environment if they are able to learn about these resources personally.  The goal of this program is to support experiential and educational opportunities relating to the Appomattox River corridor environment and to offer the FOLAR Environmental Stewardship Scholarship to local high school graduates in partnership with the John Randolph Foundation.

Population(s) Served

Completing the Appomattox River Trail will leverage the growth of the outdoor tourism and recreation industry and its beneficial impact on health and wellness in the metro-Richmond region through a vision to create connection from the Appomattox River Trail to hundreds of miles of regional trail including the Virginia Capital Trail and James River Park system. The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation Outdoors Plan (VOP) identifies the Appomattox River Trail as a Regional Featured Project. While it is commonly understood that trails, parks and open space attract tourists and their dollars, the infrastructure for walking, biking, and active recreation also drives primary industries that bring well-paying, year-round employment.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Financials

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Friends of the Lower Appomattox River, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 01/02/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Samuel W. Hayes

Moffatt and Nichol

Term: 2022 - 2022


Board co-chair

Dr Christian Volk

Virginia American Water Company

Term: 2022 - 2022

Betty Estes

Rockwater Realty

Samuel Hayes

Dinwiddie

Ed Pappas

Hopewell-Appointed

Susan Watson

Prince George

Earnest Greene

Dominion Resources Services, Inc.

Wayne Banty

VULCAN Materials

Christian Volk

Virginia American Water

Mark Haley

Hopewell

Kim Conley

Office of Diversity and Inclusion Chesterfield County - Appointed

Tammie Collins

Dinwiddie County- Appointed

Trip Pollard

Southern Environmental Law

Mike Golden

Ret. Director, Chesterfield County Parks & Recreation

Karen Epps

Colonial Heights - Appointed

M. Faison

Virginia State University

Alec Brebner

Crater Planning District Commission

Wayne Crocker

Petersburg Public Library - Appointed

Wert Smith

Owen Printing Company

Organizational demographics

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