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"Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children." - Theodore Roosevelt

Mission in Action:        

In 1999 FAR worked with government and private sector assistance to preserve a historic narrow gauge railroad abutment by stabilizing the adjacent riverbank. The bridge was constructed across the Appomattox River by the Farmville and Powhatan Railroad over 100 years earlier. That work prevented the historic structure from collapsing into the river.
During Work Preserved

In 1999 the Friends adopted an 8-mile section of the Appomattox River between Rts. 15 and 45. This was accomplished through the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation's (DCR) Adopt-a-Stream Program. Adpot A Stream

River Cleanup Abandoned Refrigerator

FAR conducts two or more clean up events each year. Our "Spring River Spruce Up" is conducted as part of DCR's Stewardship Virginia program. Our "Fall River Renaissance" is sponsored by Clean Virginia Waterways. Sections of the Appomattox River, Buffalo Creek, Wilkes Lake, Briery Creek Lake and Sandy River Reservoir are included in those clean up events.

River Cleanup Cleanup Crew

FAR is a "park friendly" organization that provides support to High Bridge Trail State Park. FAR has worked with the Friends of High Bridge Trail State Park and Park staff to remove debris from the Appomattox River during the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's "Clean the Bay Day" events. Park Freindly Cleanup

Park Cleanup Local contractors like Collins Clearing & Grading, WCW Earthworks, and Newman Concrete, have provided equipment and skilled operators to assist with riverbank restoration and protection projects such as the one completed below Stanley Park in 2005.