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Hardworking Friends in 2016
Your financial support and volunteers’ time made a big difference in the JRPS in 2016. First among the many accomplishments of 2016 is the establishment of the JRPS Invasive Plant Task Force, which provides a strategic, long-term solution to the park’s most pernicious challenge. Under the leadership of JRPS manager Nathan Burrell and with the support of Friends of the James River Park, and working with the consulting firm Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc., we began the work, which produced a plan for invasive management and restoration ecology in the park.
This plan is informed by a data-driven baseline study that will guide control of invasive plant species. Friends, along with over a dozen other partner organizations, now share the Task Force’s devotion to the health of our park system.
To learn more and participate in this effort visit the JRPS Invasive Plant Task Force website.
Other Friends accomplishments in 2016 include:
- Development of a strategic plan
- Redefined the FOJRP’s Mission Statement
- Created a Global Calendar for FOJRP website
- Provided direct financial support to the park of approximately $43,000
- Applied for and and received the Virginia Forestry Grant of $6,762 for planting of native species within the park
- Organized monthly park clean-ups to engage our members and improve the park
- Met our initial funding goal for the Protection and Preservation Fund of $100,000
- Welcomed six new Board Members
- Began new Board Member orientations
- Established a new committee — the Advocacy Committee, to create a stronger voice for our organization and the park with City Hall and beyond
- Hosted the annual Ralph White River Heroes event, members’ picnic and solstice celebration
These accomplishments, along with your volunteer and financial support, enabled FOJRP to support JRPS staff as they work to meet the demands of the record 1,404,903 park visitors and 2,738 program participants in 2016.
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