From the Rappahannock, For the Rappahannock

April 22 | Sunday

A celebration of conservation. Enjoy the iconic Marriott Ranch, live music, Rappahannock River oysters and local wines and beer.

Give Local Challenge

May 1 | Give Day

Make a gift that will multiply. The Give Local Piedmont campaign has over $100,000 to match individual donations.

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Best of 2017

Our most compelling stories from the past year

River Safety Cam Now Live


FOR now has a live feed of the Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg.


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.


2018 General Assembly Update

2018 General Assembly Update

The 2018 General Assembly convened for the first time at 12:00pm on January 10, 2018 with hundreds of bills already pre-filed and awaiting assignment to a committee in either house. Over the course of the next several weeks, members from both the House of Delegates...

Headwaters Stream Initiative Spring Preview

Headwaters Stream Initiative Spring Preview

At Friends of the Rappahannock, we like to say that restoring a watershed is like cleaning a car. To do it right, you have to start at the top and work your way down. At the top of our watershed is the “headwaters” of the Rappahannock river system, which starts in the...

Growing Partnerships While Combating Invasive Plants

Growing Partnerships While Combating Invasive Plants

Invasive plant species aggressively compete with native plant species often choking them out of existence. During Friendsof theRappahannock (FOR)’s 32 year history, several attempts have been made to combat the ever-present invasive plants on the property. Since FOR...

Memberships keep the lights on at FOR

Memberships keep the lights on at FOR

It’s Convenient for You Increased Giving = Improved Water Quality  Cost Savings for FOR = Expanding FOR's Impact Like a lot of you, I’m a big fan of NPR. I love getting news updates while I’m driving, and my best road trips are often ones that coincide...

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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.