FOLAR is the only organization in the region that works in partnership with the community to conserve and protect the Appomattox River for all to enjoy. To accomplish our mission, we focus on a bigger picture that involves developing environmental awareness, active lifestyles, outdoor recreation, regional cooperation, tourism, community support, and overall economic growth of the region through development of the Appomattox River Trail and Park System. The creation of the regional Appomattox River Trail and Park System has long been envisioned. The vision was firmly planted in 1977 by the designation of a section of the upper Appomattox River as a “VIRGINIA SCENIC RIVER” by the General Assembly and then extended in 1998 and again in 2011 to designate the entire 25-mile lower Appomattox River, from Lake Chesdin to the convergence with the James River, as a “VIRGINIA SCENIC RIVER.” With this designation came increasing regional interest in conservation and protection of the river as well as providing river access along the Appomattox River for public use. The National Park Service and the Crater Planning District Commission (CPDC) along with the cities of Petersburg, Colonial Heights, and Hopewell and the counties of Dinwiddie, Chesterfield, and Prince George connected an all-volunteer group of individuals from the six jurisdictions and Virginia State University who then formed the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR) in 2000. Today, FOLAR continues as a grass-roots organization of community representatives and 3 staff who have developed and managed the Appomattox River Trail Master Plan to guide the buildout of the 25-mile long Appomattox River Trail and Park System. In partnership with funding partners and the communities FOLAR has conserved and protected more than 70-acres of riverfront land; completed and/or full funding for 10.5 miles of trail; and is working to help fundraise and complete the remaining 14.5 miles. We also offer the FOLAR Environmental Stewardship Scholarship fund for local high school seniors which was established through the Reiko and Victor Liu Charitable Fund and is administrated by John Randolph Foundation.
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|5K Trail Run-Walk||Fundraiser, Health & Recreation, Special Event||Apr 2, 2022||Apr 2, 2022|