Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Tickets available now. The festival highlights short, inspirational, environmental, wildlife and outdoor adventure movies suitable for people of all ages.

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.

Most Endangered River

American Rivers listed the Rappahannock River as Number 5 on their Most Endangered Rivers List. Fracking is a serious threat to our river. Be a voice and help protect our river.


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...

A powerful day combining education, restoration, and recreation

A powerful day combining education, restoration, and recreation

  As an FOR educator, one of my main goals is helping students feel confident in the outdoors and empowered to make a positive difference. This past year, we had a day that exemplifies that mission.  We went out to the Rapidan River with 25 ecology students from...

Environmental education, let’s make it a priority for our state!

Environmental education, let’s make it a priority for our state!

Last month a study was released by the Secretaries of Education and Natural Resources that made recommendations for advancing environmental literacy in our state. One of the most compelling recommendations is to create two new positions to coordinate environmental...

Update on Essex County solar farm stormwater run-off

Update on Essex County solar farm stormwater run-off

Friends of the Rappahannock is working with Essex County, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), and Coronal Energy to learn more about the very serious stormwater and erosion and sediment control problems at the 200 acre Coronal Energy Essex Solar Center...

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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.