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Friends of the
James River Park
MARCH 2017
The above photo shows the trail restoration work recently completed in the Wetlands. This change will be noted in the inspection report.

Thanks to our Volunteers!

Thanks to the hard work of our volunteers and Board Members, the Friends recently undertook its annual conservation easement inspections. These annual inspections are critical to ensuring that parcels held under conservation easement within the Park System have not been encroached upon. The surveyors noted any changes in land use or pervious surface, including, for instance, the changes to accommodate the walking path that connects the Park System with the new T. Tyler Potterfield Bridge.

The Friends will submit its surveys to the Capital Region Land Conservancy, an easement holder for the James River Park System easements for review and to create a repository of changes to the parcels over time.

We also want to thank the volunteers who braved the cold to attend our March cleanup. Friends picked up trash and painted over graffiti at the 22nd St. Dry Rocks / South Side of Belle Isle. We appreciate your efforts!
Creative Writing Workshops Return! 
Join us for an Early Spring Workshop at Pony Pasture
Sunday, March 26, 2-4 pm

The Come indulge your creativity, explore the park, and get inspired in an on-site Creative Writing Workshop, facilitated by the park's Artist-in-Residence Lauren Miner. Now that winter is (officially) behind us, let's see how the park is moving into spring. We'll meet in the Pony Pasture parking lot (look for the "Writing Workshop" sign), and then we'll walk the trails to make observations about the landscape and what we find there. Writing materials will be provided, but feel free to bring a favorite notebook and pen. (You may also wish to bring water and a blanket, towel, or cushion to sit on.) All skill levels are welcome, and there is no cost to attend. Weather permitting: if it's raining, this workshop will be cancelled. 
Friends Support CRLC Conservation Easement Protections  

The Friends Board recently voted to support the Capital Region Land Conservancy's (CRLC) conservation easement protections by paying the insurance premium for insurance held by CRLC to protect all its easements against encroachment, conversion, or other threats. The Friends support will pay the premium for the parcels under conservation easement within the James River Park System. We are excited to fulfill our mission of conserving the JRPS through this donation!  
Save the Date for the Friends of the James River Park Picnic

This year the Friends of the James River Park will host its annual Member Picnic on Saturday, June, 10! Members should save the date and plan to attend for an evening of fried chicken, folk music, and fun with the Friends!

Not a member? You can join now by clicking here or you can join at the picnic!
Urban Water Blueprint Shows State of the James in RVA

The Nature Conservancy's "Urban Water Blueprint" provides a great snapshot of the state of waterbodies in urban areas, including Richmond. Use the link below to navigate to Richmond and see how the City fares in the categories of Water Supply Risk, Watershed Conservation Solutions, Forest Protection, Reforestation, and Forest Fuel Reduction. The Blueprint is available here
Support the Park!

Your green keeps us green! Want to show your support? Visit and choose how:
  • Become a member
  • Make a donation
  • Get a park license plate
  • Buy a T-shirt
  • Contribute to the Preservation & Protection Fund
Bees, Trees and Clean Water | Saturday, March 25, 9am to 2pm 
The program will give participants practical information about how they can protect water quality and pollinators, all while creating beautiful and functional landscapes. Speakers included the Department of Forestry, a Master Beekeeper, Soilkeepers, and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Program will be held at the J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Goochland Campus. The event is FREE and lunch is provided. Register soon, as the event is filling quickly! Register Here: Questions? Contact Blair Blanchette at [email protected] or 804-780-1392. 
The Journey on the James | Friday, Mar 31, 7:30-9pm   
Take a seat as you experience a stand-up adventure traveling from Lynchburg to Richmond on a road of water... the James River. Standup paddle boarder, Ben Moore will guide you through his adventure racing across the James as well as a few other exciting adventures including snorkeling and waterfalls in both Norway and Costa Rica.This free presentation will be held at the Henrico County Administrative Board Room. 4301 East Parham Road.

Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour | Friday, Mar 24, 7-10pm
Mountainfilm is a dynamic organization and festival of films about people, stories and ideas that celebrate indomitable spirit. Mountainfilm on Tour is coming to Henrico Theatre bringing a selection of films shown at the annual festival in Telluride, Colorado. Tickets cost $1.00 and are available at the door. Don't miss this opportunity to view incredible films!
Looking for more events and activities?
There are more and more things happening in the park! The JRPS global calendar is your go-to source to find where and when the events and activities you enjoy are happening. Check the schedule at:
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Our Mission
We are citizen stewards of the James River Park. 
We do this by providing ongoing support for conservation, enhancement, and recreational enjoyment of the James River Park System, while protecting its natural and historic environments.
Friends of James River Park, PO 4453, Richmond, VA 23220
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