Wild Virginia Incorporated

Advocate, Educate, Inspire

Charlottesvle, VA   |  www.wildvirginia.org

Mission

Protecting and connecting Virginia's wild lands and waters.

Ruling year info

2008

Director

Misty Boos

Main address

Po Box 1065

Charlottesvle, VA 22902 USA

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EIN

54-1841861

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The destruction and pollution of the wild places and wild waters of Virginia.

Our programs

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

Providing meaningful outdoor experiences

Wild Virginia organizes and leads interpretive hikes. We believe that the places you experience are the places you come to love and care about. We inspire citizens to action through our Wild Virginia Film Festivals each year.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Protect Virginia’s water quality and ensure the that the laws that exist to protect it are properly applied. We also host trainings so you can learn to help monitor water quality. As part of this program, we fight fracking and other types of oil and gas infrastructure, like the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines. We also take citizens, media, students and elected representatives on tours to see first-hand the impacts of this destructive industry.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Wild Virginia is the driving force behind the multidisciplinary, multi-agency group called the Virginia Safe Wildlife Corridors Collaborative (VSWCC). This group works together to reduce habitat fragmentation issues caused by Virginia roads and improve habitat connectivity. Learn more about our efforts here.

In 2020, Wild Virginia helped to pass legislation to identify and protect wildlife corridors in Virginia helping both people and wildlife move more safely in Virginia.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Wild Virginia works to preserve and support the complexity, diversity and stability of natural ecosystems by enhancing connectivity, water quality and climate in the forests, mountains, and waters of Virginia through education and advocacy.

Energy​ ​Extraction​ ​and​ ​Infrastructure​ – We continue to fight fracking and other types of oil and gas drilling in Virginia's national forests. We take citizens, media, students and elected representatives on tours to see first-hand the impacts of this destructive industry. As part of this campaign, we are committed to stopping the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipelines.

Virginia​ ​Water​ ​Protection – Wild Virginia hosts Water Quality Monitoring trainings with Trout Unlimited to teach volunteers how to monitor water quality and protect our public lands from fracking and fracking infrastructure.

Outings and Education – Wild Virginia organizes and leads interpretive hikes. We believe that the places you experience are the places you come to love and care about. Our Wild and Scenic Film Festivals inspire citizens to action through our Film Festivals in Charlottesville and Staunton each year.

Forest Service​ ​Project​ ​Monitoring – Wild Virginia monitors all timber sales and other proposed projects in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.

Habitat​ ​Connectivity – We have partnered with the Wildlands Network to protect and connect habitat for wildlife in Virginia.

Wild Virginia has emerged as a leader in Virginia. We empower citizens to get involved in protecting wild places in Virginia.

Wild Virginia is a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to conserving wild forest ecosystems in Virginia's national
forests. Founded in 1995, Wild Virginia informs the public about issues, threats, and opportunities for these forests through
outreach and education. Using our membership voice and mobilizing public action, we advocate for the protection of the many
natural attributes of the forests, including supplying drinking water, providing habitat for rare species, and supporting
biodiversity. A key focus for Wild Virginia is the creation and preservation of unique and irreplaceable sites in the forest,
including areas designated by the US Forest Service (USFS) as Roadless, Wilderness, and Special Biological Areas.
Wild Virginia participates in the management process of the George Washington National Forest (GWNF) and the Jefferson
National Forest (JNF). Our staff and volunteers monitor all projects and work to minimize the damage caused to forests,
water, and wildlife by the USFS activities such as timber sales, road building, and energy development. We do this through a
variety of tactics and strategies including formally commenting on proposed projects, meeting with Forest Service staff,
encouraging and educating the public, studying threatened areas, appealing damaging projects and in some cases, litigating to
protect critical habitat.

We bring the public to the forests through outings, special events, public presentations, action alerts, social media, and
participation in the forest planning process. Our primary focus has been education, outreach, and organizing to exert
pressure on the USFS for conservation-based, ecologically appropriate management of the GWNF and JNF. We are committed to challenging hydrofracking and oil and gas leasing projects in the forest. We believe that resource extraction and energy
development should be de-emphasized as management objectives in favor of strategies to restore the ecological health of the
forest and watersheds, maintain viable populations of native wildlife populations, minimize threats to biodiversity, and
provide enhanced recreational opportunities. This year, we expanded our mission to include efforts to protect and connect
all wild lands and waters in Virginia. Wild Virginia's outreach and education program is very successful and we have over
450 members, 300 volunteers, and 56 organizational partners who contribute to and coordinate with our efforts.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Wild Virginia Incorporated

Board of directors
as of 3/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ryan Wagener

Bette Dzamba

Elizabeth Williams

Katie Keller

Leigh Kirchner

Elise Togbe

Jamie Trost

Ryan Wagener

Kate Mallek

Grace Tuttle

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/13/2021

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.