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2014 Battle or Paddle

Paddle Battle and Hooray

FOLAR’s signature event – “A huge success!” A record 60 paddlers joined the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River for the 7th Annual Battle or Paddle on Saturday.

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Volunteer with cleanups, water quality monitoring, projects, or become a member of FOLAR.  There are many ways to get involved!

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Announcing the Lower Appomattox RiverFest

“Celebrating the River

- Connecting our Communities and Enriching our Lives -

A Day of Nature, Culture, and Recreation including Batteau Boat Rides, Paddle Sports, Fishing, Nature Hikes, Food and Music.

Saturday, April 25, 2015  9AM – 3PM
Food Service: 11AM – 3PM
Ferndale-Appomattox Riverside Park, Petersburg/Dinwiddie


The Lower Appomattox RiverFest event provides a fun-filled day of outdoor activities including historic Batteau Boat rides and re-enactors; recreational fun including Freshwater Fishing Workshop, Paddle Sport Workshop with certified Eco Trek instructors, Naturalist Trail Hike; hands-on nature and environmental learning activities like “Reptiles & Amphibians Show & Tell”, Bugs are Beneficial, Water Ecology Science; and Crafters, Musicians, and Food – or bring a picnic. The RiverFest is timed to coincide with the Virginia Canals & Navigations Society (the river batteau experts) annual meeting being held in Petersburg.  Attendees will also be able to stroll through Ferndale Park, along the Appomattox Riverside trail and access a system of historic canals. There will be informative displays of local businesses, resources, and attractions

The 2015 Lower Appomattox RiverFest “Celebration of the River” is the inaugural annual fundraiser event for the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR), the only organization in the region dedicated to conserving and protecting the natural, cultural, and recreational resources along the Lower Appomattox River. FOLAR has served the region as a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization since 2001. Proceeds from the event will benefit FOLAR’s River Stewardship and Education Program, the Greenway-Blueway program and its Water Quality program. 
FOLAR’s community partners for this event are the Petersburg Area Regional Tourism, and Eco-Trek Adventures.

General admission is free. Spcific activities will  require reservations/fee. Reservations will open in February.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE NOW! Please contact Wendy Austin, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or M) 804-543-0325

Our marketing promotion will be ongoing through the months of February, March and April 2015. 
We will market the event through several media sources including print, online and social media, area posters and flyers, and press releases including:

  • Local/regional print media
  • Websites:, Crater Planning District Commission, Petersburg Area Regional Tourism, and more
  • Social Media: FOLAR Facebook (approx. 500 fans) and community partner Facebook
  • Regional online marketing & events calendars
  • Extensive public relations outreach

For more information contact Wendy Austin, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or M) 804-543-0325

Service Awards Presented at FOLAR Annual Meeting


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Each year at the Annual Meeting, Friends of the Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR) recognizes individuals, businesses, and/or government agencies who go above and beyond in their dedication and service to the mission of Friends of the Lower Appomattox River. These supporters inspire by their example.

This year more than 30 community leaders, board members, and supporters celebrated a group of committed, caring, and generous service award recipients. The awards were presented to: Jo Tureck, President’s Award; Will Harlan, Harlan Construction, Business and Industry Award; Ken Newman, Distinguished Volunteer; LuAnn Collier, Friend of the River, and Hopewell Parks & Recreation, Government Agency Award.  Ten major financial contributors were also recognized for the 2014 year:

Appomattox River Soil & Water Conservation District – Richard Taylor; Columbia Gas of Virginia – Bob Innes; Dominion Resources, Inc. – Iris Holliday, Earnest Greene; J.W. Enochs, Inc. – Jim Enochs; RockTenn – David Anderson; Rotary Clubs – Debby Wall, President Colonial Heights; Chester, Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Petersburg, Petersburg Lunch, Prince George; Rotary Club of Hopewell – Katina Moss; Virginia American Water – Christian Volk; Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries – Susan Watson; Vulcan Materials Company – Wayne Banty

The meeting open with a presentation by Todd Graham, President of The Cameron Foundation who discussed the foundation'Paddlers at bridges community investments at their 10 year anniversary mark and changes for the future. 

2014 has been an exciting year of great accomplishment for FOLAR and with the continued support of these amazing humanitarian/environmentalists we are looking forward to achieving even greater impact next year!Kayakers near Petersburg   THANK YOU!


Folar would like to thank some of our biggest sponsors for their generous contributions to help make FOLAR's goals a reality. Special thanks to American Water and Vulcan Materials for all that you do.


Building the Hopewell Riverwalk

Plans are underway to raise funds for the Hopewell Riverwalk
The Hopewell Riverwalk is an exciting new link in FOLAR’s Lower Appomattox River Blueway/Greenway and is a key part of the City of Hopewell’s Riverfront Plan. It will provide a scenic riverside walkway connecting the existing pier at Hopewell’s City Park to the John Randolph Medical Center. The location is just a few blocks from the Appomattox Regional Library and The Beacon Theater to the east and the newly renovated Hopewell Marina to the south – a developing area of the city’s economic, cultural, and environmental vitality. 
Hopewell City’s Riverfront Plan provides a guideline for improving the quality of life for its residents, stating:

  • the riverfront should be a resource enjoyed by all;
  • a destination that attracts residents and tourists alike through a variety of activities and experiences;
  • connected through increased and continuous pedestrian access; and
  • sustainable

The City of Hopewell announces - For every $2.00 raised for the Hopewell Riverwalk, $1.00 in matching funds will be provided. FOLAR is leading the community supported fund raising effort and will work to achieve this goal over the next twelve months through a combination of city, foundation, corporate, and individual donations. The Hopewell Riverwalk fund is an exciting venture for the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River. The thoughtful support of everyone who is served by the Appomattox River and surrounding trails, park lands, and wetlands is needed to achieve this goal. 

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FOLAR Board Members 2013

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