FOLAR Announces 2020 Outstanding Community River Impact Awards
Richard Taylor
CHAIRMAN’S AWARD – Debbie Newman
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR – Kyle Kohler, Troutman Pepper
BUSINESS & INDUSTRY AWARD – Budz with Sudz, David Leming
COMMUNITY PARTNER AWARD–Virginia Outdoors Foundation, Brett Glymph
GOVERNMENT AGENCY AWARD – City of Colonial Heights, Doug Smith
Our Thanks to those who donated during GivingTuesday!
A huge thank you to everyone who supported FOLAR during #GivingTuesday 2020. Together we can achieve the community vision of the 25-mile Appomattox River greenway and blueway, while ensuring the river remains a sustainable source of drinking water for our region. 
Strengthening efforts to protect land along the Appomattox River
Through a grant partnership with the Virginia Environmental Endowment (VEE), FOLAR will begin to implement a regional land conservation program designed to secure additional funding and strengthen community stewardship while also increasing more equitable access to high quality green spaces for residents of the Tri-cities region. The grant from VEE will help fund staff support to further enable community outreach & education, landowner meetings, partner coordination, and fund development.
New Appomattox River Trail Section in Colonial Heights Opens
The Ribbon Cutting for the new section of the Appomattox River Trail in Colonial Heights was held. You can visit this section through easy parking lot access at Appamatuck Park at 151 Archer Ave. Heads-up, no signage yet. Watch for the parking entrance on the south side of the road. Watch the ribbon cutting at this link:
Branded Signage Connects Neighborhood to Trail
FOLAR will be working with the residents of Pocahontas Island in Petersburg to develop wayfinding signage for the Appomattox River Trail and Rotary Park. A vital component of trail accessibility is a well-developed signage system, ensuring that trails are available and welcoming to all. The work to create this neighborhood branded signage has been made possible through a grant partnership with the Virginia Tech-Petersburg Healthy Options Partnership (PHOPS) and the District 7600 Rotary Clubs.
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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!
Holiday shopping? 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 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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