WHAT WE DO

FOLAR WORKS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE COMMUNITY TO CONSERVE AND PROTECT THE APPOMATTOX RIVER FOR ALL TO ENJOY

To accomplish our mission, we focus on a bigger picture that involves developing environmental awareness, active lifestyles, outdoor recreation, regional cooperation, tourism, community support, and overall economic growth of the region. With support from FOLAR members/donors, volunteers and community partners, here is what we accomplished this past year:

CONSERVATION & PRESERVATION

  • Native Planting at University Blvd Trailhead with the Tri-Cities Environmental Endowment at John Randolph Foundation and Virginia Master Naturalists volunteers
  • VA Land Conservation Fund & VA Outdoor Foundation Preservation Trust Fund (PTF) for land acquisition/preservation in Petersburg – Award
  • Climate Change Adaptation Resources Credentials
  • Land Conservation Program with Virginia Environmental Endowment
  • James River Advisory Council-FOLAR Regional River Clean-up

INFRASTRUCTURE & PUBLIC ACCESS

  • Hopewell Active Connections—a new bicycle network for the city adding 3.5 mi. to the ART route
  • Public access easement with Battersea Foundation in Petersburg
  • $1 million grant from The Cameron Foundation for park, trail, and bridge development in Dinwiddie, Petersburg, & Chesterfield County
  • $500,000 Cabell Foundation challenge grant for trail improvements in Dinwiddie
  • University Blvd Trailhead with Mary Morton Parsons & The Cameron Foundations, American Water & Westrock Foundations
  • Pocahontas Island Rotary Park signs with VA Tech/Petersburg Healthy Options Partnership and Rotary
  • TRAFx Trail Count Report, sponsored by Crater Health District – Published – Found 210,000 counts

EDUCATION & ACTIVE LIVING

  • FOLAR Environmental Stewardship Scholarship with John Randolph Foundation and Reiko & Victor Liu. The 2021 recipient is Ms. Jenna Beville, graduating from Dinwiddie High School with plans to attend Virginia Tech
  • 5K Trail Run with Prince George County at Appomattox River Regional Park
  • 3rd Annual State of the Trail Regional Report
  • 13th Annual Paddle-or-Battle on the Appomattox River, largest to-date with record-setting times

REPORTS & RESOURCES

SERVICE AREA MAP

Appomattox River, 20+ mile long corridor from Lake Chesdin to the convergence with the James River and the six Central Virginia counties and cities it flows through: Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, and Prince George counties, and the cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell, and Petersburg. 

Our Partners