On May 9th, Friends hosted the first of two planned Volunteer Days in 2014 to continue the work of restoring the 168-acre Blue Ridge Regional Park off Mountain Road between Bear’s Den and Mt. Weather. The focus of the work on the 9th was the removal of invasive vines and plants from a stone retaining […]
Friends News & Updates
Half of humanity depends directly on mountains as a source of fresh water. Mountains also provide critical resources, recreation opportunities, and spiritual renewal. Our Blue Ridge Mountains represent all of these – the highest headwaters of the Potomac and other watersheds, and a vital source of recreation, resources, and renewal. But mountains are exceptionally fragile: […]
Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains (FBRM), under the leadership of president Al Van Huyck, held their 8th volunteer day at the Blue Ridge Regional Park, located on Blueridge Mountain Rd. in Bluemont, VA., on August 23, 2013. About 20 adults and several children, including members of the FBRM, Virginia Native Plant Society, and Northern […]
Dr. Dorothy Jane “Jane” Pratt, founding member of Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains, former Friends member and head of the Land Use Committee, died on August 12th after battling recurrence of cancer. Jane spent more than 35 years in the field of sustainable, equitable development and environmental stewardship at both the domestic and global levels.
UNESCO has produced an environmental education kit for secondary school teachers and their pupils living in mountainous areas. In order to better understand the complexity of mountain ecosystems, the kit offers a creative approach to environmental education: it is designed to arouse pupils’ curiosity, UNESCO has produced an environmental education kit for secondary school teachers […]
Over the last year, our organization has made strides in its efforts to increase the visibility and impact of our work – and to make good on our plan to bring regional conservationists together to explore potential synergies in efforts to preserve and enhance the mountains.
Approximately 60 folks gathered at the Barns at Rose Hill in Berryville, VA, for our Annual Meeting, November 17th, 2013. The evening opened with a visit to the Clarke County History Museum where members enjoyed a brief presentation on the history of the County. Following the visit to the Museum, members were treated to a wine reception and chili […]
VOLUNTEER DAY PLANS for August 23, 2013 We are all set for hosting a volunteer day on August 23, 2013. This will be a special event as the NVRPA is to receive an “Outstanding Forest Steward” award from the Virginia State Forestry Department (Terry Lasher, Senior Area Forester, will present the award). Mr. Lasher will […]