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Friends of James River Park
March 2014 - In This Issue:
Who is a River Hero? Anyone who has worked to make the James River a better place for both people and wildlife.The Friends along with cosponsors The Galley Restaurant, Real Richmond Food Tours & More, Once Upon a Vine, Riverside Outfitters, TaZa Coffee 'n Crème, Golden Squeegee Imprinted Sportswear & Embroidery and Critter Town Bath House join together with the hope of bringing attention to the magnificent, scenic river that runs through Richmond and honoring the people who care for it. Nominations accepted from March 15 through May 1. >> Nominate your favorite River Hero.
With warm weather and evening rain in the forecast it is possible our favorite mascot -- the
yellow spotted salamander -- will be on the move this week. We are keeping a watchful eye and reporting movement on our facebook page. Check often to monitor their progress. >>


After some very cold treks along the Park trails, the Friends are happy that it's finally warm enough to wear our cute spotted salamander shirts. Look for us in the Park checking the conservation easement sites. This annual inspection protects Park property from encroachment.

Over 150 citizens attended the February 18 public forum. They saw the schematic designs for the Brown's Island Dam Walk and heard the Mayor's vision for this amazing project. You can see the 
presentation and read the plans discussed for this first stage of the Richmond Riverfront Plan. 
>> Read the plan.

Free seedling treees March 27 & 28
Free bare-root tree seedlings are available to Henrico County citizens on March 27 from 2:30pm-6:30pm at Dorey Park Shelter 1 and March 28 from 8:30am-1:30pm at Hermitage High School. Do your part and plant a tree!  >> More information on facebook

Chesterfield County Rain Barrel Workshops in April

Spring is here and Chesterfield County is once again offering its popular rain barrel workshop. Workshop participants learn about the benefits of rain barrels and will construct their own rain barrel to take home. This is a very popular series so register early! >> Rain barrel workshop registration 


JROC Outdoor Gear Swap April 26

Great deals on gently used paddling, hiking, camping, bike gear and loads of other stuff. >> 

Dominion Riverrock May 16-18

Richmonders love this annual event at Brown's Island. >> 


FoJRP Annual Picnic June 7th

Join the Friends as we host our riverfront community at the iconic Pumphouse. Enjoy food, music, the company of fellow river lovers and celebrate the award for the 2014 River Hero(es). 

James River Splash and Dash July 26
Looking for a fun run with its own cool down? This fun event is a one-of-a-kind 5K trail run that includes a flat water tube across the James River. >> Splash and Dash


Catfish Workshops at Pony Pasture July 22 & 31

Join DGIF Angling Education and Captain Mike Ostrander for a day of instruction and fishing on the James River at Pony Pasture in Richmond. >> Workshop schedules 


Monthly Volunteer Days
The February 15th volunteer event in Wetlands was postponed due to very wet Wetlands! It appears this lion of an entrance for March has eased up and we can really knock out some work on March 15th!
We will be at Huguenot Flatwater removing invasive plants and replanting with Virginia Bluebells along with general clean-up along Riverside Drive from 9 am till 1 pm. Meet up at the Huguenot Flatwater Parking lot. >> Sign up at

Rescheduled Wetlands at Landria clean up is April 5th. 
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  • Make a donation 
  • Get a park license plate 
  • Buy a T-shirt
  • Contribute to the Preservation & Protection Fund 

Our Mission
The Friends of James River Park is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) organization created by a dedicated group of citizens in 1999. Our mission is to provide an ongoing source of citizen support for the conservation, enhancement, and enjoyment of the James River Park System and its natural and historic environments.