Rappahannock Friends and Lovers of Our Watershed

RappFLOW Partners & Contributors

Blue Ridge Foothills Conservancy
Scenic Virginia Byway 231, Route HC6 Box 215, Madison, Virginia 22727 E-mail: blueridgeconserve@nexet.net
Website: http://www.cnpr.org/BRFC/index.htm
Contact: Carl Schmitt, President, 434-985-9815 (Greene) Susan Cable, Vice President 540-923-9980 (Madison)
The Blue Ridge Foothills Conservancy is a private, non-profit land trust working primarily in Madison and Greene counties in central Virginia. Our mission is to conserve, through voluntary land protection, the agricultural, scenic, natural, historic and recreational resources that define the rural character of our communities.

Concerned Culpeper Citizens
Website: http://www.concernedculpeper.org/
Contact: Perry Cabot

Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District
351 Lakeside Drive, Culpeper, VA 22701 540.825.8591
Exhibitor: Martin Johnson, Information/Education Coordinator
E-mail: martin-johnson@va.nacdnet.org
Main Contact: Greg Wichelns, District Manager
The CSWCD, a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia, promotes the stewardship of soil and water and the conservation of our natural resources by educating and providing technical assistance to manage, protect, and enhance the land and water for the benefit and enjoyment of the citizens of Culpeper, Greene, Madison, Orange, and Rappahannock Counties. Greg Wichelns and Martin Johnson have served as expert advisors, presenters, and exhibitors to RappFLOW events and activities.

Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR)
Website: http://for.communitypoint.org/embrey.html
Contact: John Tippett
John Tippett served as a featured speaker at the July 2003 RappFLOW forum on riparian buffers.

Hearthstone School
Website: http://www.hearthstoneschool.org/
Contacts: Jill Keihn
Hearthstone is a private K-12 school in Sperryville, adjacent to the Thornton River. Hearthstone hosted the July 2003 RappFLOW public forum on riparian buffers. Hearthstone students have exhibited their work on stream erosion at RappFLOW events. Jill Keihn is an ecologist and serves as an advisor to RappFLOW.

Madison County Task Force for Sustainable Growth
Website: http://www.madisonmatters.com/TASK/
Contact: Khalil Hassan
Khalil Hassan serves as a member of the advisory group for RappFLOW.

Mount Vernon Farm
Contact: Cliff Miller
Mount Vernon Farm in Sperryville is a model for sustainable agriculture and forestry. Through the CREP program the farm has established miles of riparian buffer. Mt. Vernon produces and sells grass-fed beef, lamb and other naturally raised products at the farm, over the internet and at farmer's markets. The farm in 2003 placed over 600 acres in conservation easement. Owner Cliff Miller is a member of the RappFLOW advisory group. Mt. Vernon Farm hosted the RappFLOW April 2004 sustainable forestry public forum.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
Website: http://www.nfwf.org/
Contact: Laura Carrier
NFWF provided a small grant to Rappflow to assist in providing a series of public education forums from July 2003 to September 2004.

Piedmont Environmental Council
45 Horner Street, P.O. Box 460 Warrenton, VA 20188 540.347.2334
Website: http://www.pecva.org
Contact: Sarah Gannon, Rappahannock County Conservation Officer
E-mail: sgannon@pecva.org
Sarah Gannon works one-on-one with landowners and others to promote conservation options, including conservation easements. The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) was established in 1972 to promote and protect the Virginia Piedmont’s rural economy, natural resources, history and beauty. PEC provides technical and legal expertise to citizens, local governments, and grassroots groups in a nine-county region of the Virginia Piedmont.

Piedmont Research Institute (PRI)
130 Mossie Lane, Amissville, VA 20106 540 937-4038
Website: http://www.Piedmontresearch.org
Contact: Beverly Hunter
E-mail: bev@piedmontresearch.org
Piedmont Research Institute specializes in geospatial information technologies for purposes of education, conservation, and community development. PRI developed and maintains the RappFLOW web site, develops natural resource maps for educational and public policy decisionmaking, and coordinates RappFLOW activities.

Rappahannock County Conservation Alliance
P.O. Box 228 Washington, VA 22747 (Attn. Lorinda Bosch)
Contact: Hal Hunter
E-mail: hal@targetlearn.com
Other Contact: Sharon Pierce (President), 540.987.8397, pierce_sc@hotmail.com
RCCA promotes the preservation of open space and natural resources in Rappahannock County. RCCA also provides citizens with information and materials on the use of easements as a conservation tool. Most recently, the Conservation Alliance has been working closely with the county to develop a purchase of development rights program, called the Farmland Protection Ordinance. The ordinance would assist local farmers to keep their land in agriculture and forestry by providing a cash payment for development rights.

Rappahannock County Government
Contact: John McCarthy, Administrator
The Rappahannock County Government serves as fiscal agent for RappFLOW grants.

Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection
P.O. Box 94 Washington, VA 22747 540.987.8504
Website: http://www.rlep.org
Contact: Bob Lander, President
Email: RLEP@direcway.com
RLEP is a citizen’s organization dedicated to preserving the natural resources and rural and historic character of Rappahannock County, VA. RLEP promotes its purpose in the community through public education, coalition building with like-minded organizations, consulting with business interests and county officials on public policy, and advocacy for sound community planning.

Shenandoah National Park
Website: http://www.nps.gov/shen/
Contact: Shane Spitzer, Physical Scientist
Shane Spitzer monitors air and water quality in the SNP. He was the featured speaker at the April 2003 RappFLOW public forum on this topic.

Sperryville Gateway Project

Sunnyside Institute for Sustainable Agriculture
Contact: Janet S. Davis, Director
Sunnyside Farm is an organic farm in Washington Virginia with a market in Sperryville. Sunnyside’s Institute for Sustainable Agriculture contributes expertise on sustainable agriculture and has donated food to RappFLOW events.

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service
Culpeper Office 540.825.4200
Website: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/
Contact: Joe Thompson, District Conservationist for Rappahannock & Culpeper Counties
E-mail: Joe.Thompson@va.usda.gov
USDA-NRCS provides technical and financial support to landowners for the management of agricultural lands and wildlife habitat. Emphasis is on techniques that protect soil and water resources.

Virginia Cooperative Extension
Rappahannock Unit 311-G Gay Street, Little Washington, VA 540.675.3619
Website: http://offices.ext.vt.edu/view.cfm?webname=rappahannock
Contact: Kenner Love, Agricultural and Natural Resources Extension Agent
E-mail: klove@vt.edu
Provides research-based technical assistance on plant and animal agriculture to landowners. The extension service also provides family and community services, 4-H programs for youth, and soil sciences information.

VA Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Soil and Water Conservation
Tappahannock Regional Office 804.443.8219
Website: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/sw/
Contacts: Julie May, Rappahannock Watershed Field Coordinator; Matt Criblez, Director ; Mike Lee, Erosion and Sediment Control Specialist
E-mail: jmay@dcr.state.va.us
DCR provides many programs to reduce non-point source runoff to restore the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay. Julie serves as a point of contact for community groups and stakeholders for grant opportunities and other watershed activities. Mike Lee was the featured presenter at the RappFLOW public forum on erosion and sediment control in November 2003.

Virginia Department of Forestry, Madison Office
308 Thrift Road, P. O. Box 148, Madison, VA 22727-0148 540.948.5341
Exhibitor: Martin Agee, Forester for Madison, Rappahannock and Greene Counties
E-mail: ageem@dof.state.va.us
Foresters like Mr. Agee provide forestry management and planning assistance to private landowners. The Department of Forestry is also responsible for the protection of 15.8 million acres of forest land from fire, insects and disease; as well as the management of 16 State Forests and other state lands totaling approximately 50,000 acres for timber, recreation, water, research, wildlife and biodiversity.

Virginia Forest Watch
609 E. Market St. Rm 106, Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.971.7678
Website: http://www.virginiaforestwatch.org/
Contact: Christina Wulf and Danny Dolinger
E-mail: vafw@nexet.net
Virginia Forest Watch provides citizens with educational presentations & general information on sustainable forestry & conservation options for private landowners. VFW also advocates for protection of Virginia's George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.