Join us for an autumn afternoon of hiking, good food, and live music in celebration of Friends’ year in review October 25, 2015, 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. Blackburn Trail Center 34899 Appalachian Trail Rd Round Hill, VA 20141 (Limited parking on site – shuttle service will be provided) Featuring: Guided trail walk Home-cooked meal Presentation […]
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Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains is seeking contacts at high schools in Clarke, Fauquier, and Rappahannock counties. We plan to expand the Jane Pratt Blue Ridge Mountains Education Award for a worthy high school senior into one of these counties in 2016; details on the award and requirements are attached. We have previously given […]
In April Friends made our second appearance at EarthDay@Loudoun where we had the opportunity to speak with hundreds of people and network with other conservation organizations. In May we hosted our biggest Stewardship Volunteer Day yet! On May 1st, 2015 we partnered again with the Virginia Native Plant Society to learn about, and continue clearing invasive plant species from Blue Ridge Regional […]
Many thanks to those who were able to come out to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors meeting this past Wednesday. The conservation community in Loudoun was well represented with eight individuals from diverse protection and rural economic development groups speaking on behalf of protecting our fragile Steep Slopes, including Friends board member James Remuzzi. Chairman York […]
Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains presented two Jane Pratt Blue Ridge Mountains Education Awards in 2015 to Samantha Iliff of Loudoun County, VA, and Michael Long of Jefferson County, WV. The Award is presented annually to High School students who satisfy certain requirements, including a clear commitment to environmental stewardship and volunteer service. The award includes a framed certificate and a $1000 […]
This year Friends is looking to raise membership by another 20% through, in addition to our general membership development efforts, a targeted outreach to landowners on the Blue Ridge. As part of this effort, landowners will receive information provided by the Virginia Department of Forestry about how to practice good stewardship on their mountain properties.
2014 was a banner year for Friends in many respects: the official launch of the Blue Ridge Coalition; the inaugural presentation of the Jane Pratt Blue Ridge Mountains Award to Loudoun Valley High School senior Christina Nelson; and three new additions to our Board of Directors to name a few highlights. No less significant was […]
Friends’ Treasurer and Board member, Peter Weeks, is pleased to announce the hiring of Shannon Swartz, an experienced bookkeeper who will function on a part-time basis to handle Friends’ financial transactions and other administrative tasks. Since 2003 when she became a Certified Paralegal, Shannon has worked for law firms and private practice attorneys. She currently supports […]