On this Earth Day and everyday, we at FOLAR are grateful for your partnership and support that helps us conserve and protect the Appomattox River and its surrounding land and special places for all to enjoy. We urge you to continue to take an active role in the stewardship of the natural environment that is our home - and we're here to help. For Our River
Volunteer to Help with Trail Counts
May 13TH and 15TH
10:00am - 12 noon or 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Twice each year FOLAR organizes counts of pedestrian and bike use at key access points of the Appomattox River Trail. It's really important that we get good counts this month. That's where you can help! Volunteers are needed for counting on Thursday, May13th and Saturday, May 15th between 10am-12pm or 4pm-6pm.Counts provide valuable data used to improve and inform pedestrian and bike infrastructure planning and design. Photo by Fred Stein.
Eagle Scout Installs New Flag at Pocahontas Island-Rotary Park
Eagle Scout, Ronalidno Chambers planned and led four additional Scouts from Petersburg Troop 100, along with friends and family (Pictured below) in a project to erect a new flag pole at the Pocahontas Island-Rotary Park. The pole is a regulation 25’ tall aluminum pole with an eagle finial. It now flies a 3’ x 5’ regulation American flag. The scouts also created a brick base and added flowers and mulch and installed a beautiful bench. Our great thanks to Ronalidno for organizing the very successful project and to everyone who came out to help. FOLAR also is very grateful to have received a $200 donation from Ronalidno!! Come on down to Pocahontas Island-Rotary Park, 181 Rolfe St, Petersburg, VA 23803, and see their great work!
There are many ways individuals and business owners can support litter prevention.
Individuals can:
Set an example for others, especially family, co-workers, friends, and children. If you see litter, pick it up.
Organize, support, or join a litter clean up.
Keep a car litter bag. Do not throw trash, food waste, or cigarette waste out of vehicle windows.
Secure belongings inside your vehicle to prevent unintentional littering when your windows are open.
Use a pocket ashtray if you smoke.
Make sure trash cans have tight fitting lids or are not easily opened by wildlife.
Do not intentionally release balloons. They return to earth as litter.

Businesses & Organizations can:
Educate employees, patrons, customers, and members about litter.
Post or display the "Don't trash" campaign or other educational materials in your place of business.
In your place of business, provide plenty of containers for trash and recycling
Organize, support, or join a litter clean up.
Do not host or support events that intentionally release balloons. Balloons can become trapped in branches or power lines and return to earth as litter.
Meet FOLAR's Newest Staff Member
We at FOLAR are thrilled to announce that Kiffy Werkheiser (Pictured left) has joined the FOLAR team as Director of Development. Kiffy brings significant knowledge and experience to this brand new position at FOLAR. Kiffy will work with us to develop the resources needed to power our mission and build organizational sustainability. Kiffy has 10 years of experience in the Tri-Cities region, most recently leading fund development at the John Randolph Foundation with great success. Kiffy earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from VCU. And most importantly, she is an avid outdoors person!
Contact Kiffy at or M) 804-928-6362.
River Inspires Regional Renewal & Revitalization
River Management Society (RMS) Journal publishes an amazing article by Heather Barrar, FOLAR Regional Trails Program Director. Heather also recently lead a panel discussion with local experts at the RMS Society Annual Conference. With her were, Valerie Liggins from The Cameron Foundation, Aaron Reidmiller Director of Hopewell Recreation & Parks, Janit Llewellyn from Planning and Construction Services, Chesterfield County Parks & Recreation, and Daniel Jones, with the Hopewell-Prince George Chamber. 
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With the help of our supporters and partners we are making progress in improving the health of the river. Your support has enabled FOLAR to make a difference by organizing conservation efforts; developing park, trail, and water access; and delivering environmental stewardship programs that engage individuals, schools, communities, and businesses to work side by side.

Thank you to our many sponsors who help support FOLAR's work!
Shopping online? AmazonSmile - You Shop. Amazon Donates!
When you shop with Amazon, please consider using AmazonSmile for your future purchases. When you do, you'll be able to select FOLAR as your charity and Amazon will donate 0.05% of your purchase to support FOLAR's work to conserve and protect the beautiful Lower Appomattox River! It's easy to participate. Just go to instead of Amazon and use your same Amazon login information and password. You'll be prompted to select your favorite charity. It's simple, it's helpful and - it's EASY! Thank you!
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