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Networking

The Rappahannock Group believes it is very valuable to work together with other organizations identifying projects and issues that are of mutual interest. Priorities remain on the preservation and conservation of our open land, farms, forests and natural resources.

     VCN Networking

Virginia Conservation Network is the commonwealth's only statewide coalition of environmental and conservations, as well as Virginia's official state affiliate of the National wildlife Federation. VCN is the nonprofit , nonpartisan voice of conservation in Virginia. The Network sponsors educational conferences and workshops, including the annual Virginia Environmental Assembly. VCN also monitors legislation
relevant to the environment, keeping members informed through the VCN E-News, the website www.vcnva.org and action alerts. Prior to each General Assembly session, the network publishes white papers, compiled in the Conservation Briefing Book, on key environmental issues; during the session VCN monitors a wide range of natural resources and land use legislation, endorsing the best and opposing
the worst. VCN hosts an annual Lobby Day, the third Monday in January.

Contact information:
Nathan Lott, Executive Director, Suzanne Ankrum, Program Coordinator
422 East. Franklin St., Suite 303, Richmond, Va. 23219
(804) 644-0283; vcn@vcnva.org; www.vcnva.org

Virginia League of Conservation Voters (VALCV)

Virginia League of Conservation Voters: VALCV is a non-partisan political action arm of Virginia's conservation community. VALCV takes its franchise from the local, regional, and state conservation groups that define the issues and priorities. Because most of these groups have a501(c)(3) non-profit status and therefore cannot engage in electoral politics, undertake that effort on their behalf. VALCV's mission is to preserve and enhance the quality of life for all Virginians by making conservation a top priority with Virginia's elected officials, political candidates and voters.

Contact information:
Lisa Guthrie, Executive Director, Mike Kaestner, Program Director,
Laura Kitchin, Northern Virginia Coordinator: 530 East Main St. Suite
820, Richmond Virginia. 23219, (804) 225-1902, VirLCV@aol.com;
www.valcv.org

Virginia Leagues of Conservation Voters-Education Fund, VALCV-EF helps Virginia citizens and organizations to participate more effectively in the local and state government process. VAL-EF teaches citizens how to stay involved, learn the system, and have a real impact on conservation policy.

Legislative Contact Team, LCT, A group of citizens in a Virginia Senate or House of Delegates district that specializes in advocacy for legislation that does a better job of caring for our communities and protecting our air, water and land. Now in it's fifth year, the LCT program has organized over 300 volunteers throughout the state to make conservation a year-round priority for their legislators. For more information or to sing up please contact VALCV.

Join CAV! Conservation e-Action Virginia the fastest and easiest step you can take toward protecting Virginia's natural resources. Sign-up and it only takes a minute to respon to email alerts.

To join: www.valcvef.org/cav.htm.

Legislative Contact Teams
 
Legislative Contact Teams
LCT members allow us to accomplish everything that we do in Richmond. The primary reason for these trainings is to keep you, our most engaged activists, informed and to help grow this critically important program. Our goal is to have 3-4 activists in each General Assembly legislative district to put a constituent face on conservation. Help us add volume to the growing voice of conservation in Richmond by spreading the word about the LCT program. 
 
Please let us know if you are interested in more information or llet us know of anyone who may be interested in becoming an LCT. You can send us an email or have them sign up at www.vcnva.org/lct.htm.
 
Other Resources and Opportunities
We provide a number of online resources for you to better serve as a citizen lobbyist. I am going to list a few of them here, so that you can readily access them.
 
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·   Uranium Mining “Get the Facts”– Get the information you need to write a Letter to the Editor or raise awareness of this issue in your community.
 
 
 

                        

BikeWalk Virginia

BikeWalk Virginia is a charitable and educational organization established to educate members, the general public and local organizations on the health and environmental benefits of biking and walking, and bicycling safety. Every fall, they host an International Walk to School Day. They offer a 12-hour course on Bike Smart Basics for children, which includes both classroom and outdoor bike time. They also offer several well planned bike tours throughout the year. A statewide bicycling map is available for purchase thru their website. See bike ride offerings on our Outings page, or go to the BikeWalk website at http://www.bikewalkvirginia.org. Tel: 757-229-0507. (BikeWalk Virginia, PO Box 203, Williamsburg, VA 23187-0203.)


Fredericksburg Pathways Project

  Working for a Pathway for walkers, runners, and bikers throughout the City! The Pathways Committee is interested in hearing from you. Email them at citypathways@cox.net with your questions and ideas.




Fredericksburg Cyclist

The area's bicycling touring club. The all volunteer club's main function is to provide cycling opportunities for varying lengths and difficulty on most weekends. Cadence, the club's newsletter includes a listing of all scheduled rides and activities.
E-mail: fcyclist@bike.fred.com
FC is an affiliate of the League of American Bicyclists, a national organization representing bicycling interest in matters of legislation and education.


Friends Of Alum Spring Park (FOASP)

Mission: Identify and promote activities to conserve and enhance the recreational, cultural, historical and natural resources of Alum Spring Park.
Alum Spring Park is a quiet, natural and historic site within the city that provides shelter for wildlife, a playground for thousands of citizens and a living laboratory for our school children. FOASP has gathered together to work with the City Parks and Recreation staff by providing volunteer labor and funds to help maintain the stream banks and hiking trails, the historic markers and the public facilities, so generations to come may continue to enjoy and appreciate this wonderful park.

For membership information and events schedules, contact:
Fred. Parks and Recreation
Friends of Alum Spring Park
Dorothy Hart Community Center
408 Canal St.
Fredericksburg, Va. 22401
(540) 372-1086 ext. 213


Friends of Caledon Natural Area

Conservation, Restoration, Education

Virginia Division of State Parks, Department of Conservation and Recreation
Caledon Natural is a 2,279 acre land area that is dedicated to the preservation of native plants and animals.
Caledon is home to one of the largest summer populations of American Bald Eagles in Virginia. It is one of only three areas in public ownership in Virginia which provides substantial, undisturbed shoreline to support large numbers of foraging eagles.
Caledon includes old growth hardwood forest and a wealth of native plants. Over 500 plant species have been identified. Caledon has recorded 122 species of birds, 21 species of mammals, 39 species of reptiles and at least 12 species of fish.
The Natural area offers visitors a unique opportunity to view bald eagles in their natural habit, while providing education through exhibits and programming.
11617 Caledon Road
King George, Va. 22485
(540) 663-3861
caledon@dcr.state.va.us


                Friends of the Rappahannock – Conserving the Rappahannock River

Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) is the non-profit grassroots organization that is the voice and active force for a healthy and scenic Rappahannock River.  With the help of thousands of citizens since 1985, we have been working to protect the river, improve water quality, and safeguard its natural resources through our river advocacy, education and restoration programs.  To learn more about the Rappahannock and FOR, visit us at our River Orientation Center (3219 Fall Hill Ave, Fredericksburg, VA), peruse our website at www.riverfriends.org, or call us at 540-373-3448.  Even though it is the end of summer, there are still several ways you can help conserve the Rappahannock River:

 

                                                           Take Action

  

 ·         Buy a Rainbarrel:  Using rainbarrels to collect rainwater is an inexpensive way to decrease stormwater runoff going into our streams, conserve water for garden and lawn use, and save money. Contact Andrew.orr@riverfriends.org  

                                                        Join our River Team

Join over a 1,000 members in advocating for the Rappahannock River!  To learn more, visit www.riverfriends.org and click on Join Today.

                                                          Enjoy the River

                                                    Stay Connected

Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter, River Issues - email us at info@riverfriends.org.

 


Preserve the land you love....

The Northern Neck Land Conservancy's mission is to preserve the rural heritage of the Northern Neck

by conserving its lands, waters, economies and culture for future generations.


UMW Ecology Club

RG continues to "partner" with the UMW Ecology Club on key issues and projects of mutual interests. The club's focus for 2009-2010 is Energy and Global Warming, coordinating a Campus Climate Challenge to
reduce the university's energy use.



Friends of Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail

The DRHT is a 16 mile rails-to-trails project in King George County. The Friends is an organization of trail supporters who want to see the DRHT protected for future generations. Friends of the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail ia a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tax-deductible donations may be made through the RF&P Bike Walk chapter of BikeWalk Virginia Trails.

Web: www.friendsDRHT.org, Address, PO Box 53
Dahlgren, Va. 22448


The Rappahannock Wildlife Refuge Friends

The Rappahannock Wildlife Refuge Friends is an independent nonprofit group of individuals dedicated to Supporting the National Wildlife Refuge System and to promoting awareness of the Rappahannock
Wildlife Refuge through education and support.

Ann Graziano, President
www.rwrfriends.org, PO Box 15565, Warsaw, VA. 22572