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Friends of James River Park
February 2014 - In This Issue:
POSTPONED PUBLIC FORUM RESCHEDULED

Riverfront Plan Discussion on Tuesday, February 18
The City's Department of Planning and Development Review invites the public to attend a Richmond Riverfront Plan public forum on Tuesday, February 18 at 7 p.m. at the Virginia War Memorial, 621 South Belvidere. The meeting will detail two of the Richmond Riverfront Plan projects: Brown's Island Dam Walk and Chapel Island Trail. Learn more at richmondvacitynews.blogspot.com/2014/02/city-invites-public-to-richmond.html 
Purchase your very own shirt at www.jamesriverpark.org/be-a-friend/buy-t-shirt.php

ANNUAL WALK IN THE PARK
 
Watch for the Friends, we're the ones in those cute blue spotted salamander shirts, out and about at the various Park sites. It's that time of year again when we will walk the conservation easement sites checking to assure that no inappropriate changes have occurred in our wonderful, protected Park.

RICHMOND RESTAURANT COMMUNITY HELPS RESTORE THE CHESAPEAKE BAY OYSTER BEDS

 
Read about this inspiring effort by following the link to the VCU Rice Center website. Results from an 'on-the-ground feasibility analysis' (we hope that they wore their hiking boots!) determined that in just four months, more than 11,600 lbs. of oyster shell could be collected from participating eateries. ' . . . natural oyster shell is the preferred substrate for growing new oysters. . . ' With a successful pilot project completed, the cooperative now will collect and return used oyster shell to the Virginia portion of the Chesapeake Bay. Talk about recycling! » Read how shells collected from Rappahannock Restaurant, Lemaire at the Jefferson Hotel, Acacia Mid-Town, Pearl Raw Bar and local festivals are part of this effort.
AROUND THE PARK

Banff Film Festival

Tickets going fast - Friday and Saturday, March 7 & 8. » http://2013.chesterfieldoutdoorprograms.com/banff.html

 

Eagles Nest at Heron Rookery?
Keep Watch at the Heron Rookery at the Pipeline to see if you notice any bald eagle nests mingled in. Corporate pundits sometimes say "Leaders are like Eagles. We don't have them here, either." But, we sure do have eagles on the fly in Richmond City! » www.wm.edu/news/stories/2014/blue-herons-are-nesting-among-the-bald-eagles,-but-why123.php

Dominion Riverrock

Richmonders and their four-legged friends love this annual event at Brown's Island and nearby Park sites. May 16-18. » www.dominionriverrock.com/ 

 

FoJRP Annual Picnic and River Hero Award  

FoJRP picnic and River Hero, still in the planning stages, will be coming our way in May or June.

Catfish Workshops Scheduled 
Would you like to learn the secrets of catching Flathead Catfish on the James River? Join DGIF Angling Education and Captain Mike Ostrander for a day of instruction and fishing on the James River at Pony Pasture in Richmond. Tuesday, July 22. » More information at www3.dgif.virginia.gov/web/events/

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Monthly Volunteer Days
Thanks to the many who braved the January cold in order to attend our first, monthly FoJRP volunteer event! With 54 volunteers pitching in at the Northbank/Texas Beach area we painted the new stairs, covered up graffiti on the tower, removed ever-encroaching invasive plants, picked up litter, and generally spruced up the joint.  
 

February Opportunity on Saturday 2/15

Please join us for the February 15th volunteer event in the JRPS Wetlands Area (9 AM to 1 PM). Park at the Wetlands entrance on the river side end of Landria Drive. There's an activity for everyone - from young to young-at-heart, and the company is great! Wear layers and bring water in reusable bottles. » Sign up on our site www.jamesriverpark.org. 

 

And while you're at it, look into our March event at Pony Pasture, Flatwater and Riverside Dr.

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SUPPORT THE PARK!

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  • Become a member 
  • Make a donation 
  • Get a park license plate 
  • Buy a T-shirt
  • Contribute to the Preservation & Protection Fund

www.jamesriverpark.org/be-a-friend/support-the-park.php 

Our Mission
The Friends of James River Park is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) organization created by a dedicated group of citizens in 1999. Our mission is to provide an ongoing source of citizen support for the conservation, enhancement, and enjoyment of the James River Park System and its natural and historic environments.
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