Our mission is to keep the North Fork of the Shenandoah River clean, healthy, and beautiful through advocacy, community action, education and science.

George Washington National Forest Plan Released.

No gas exploration on majority of land.  North Fork drinking water supplies avoid fracking threat.  Learn more.

Friends' Winter "Environmental Arts" Workshops Begin in December.

Register today to create your own floor cloth, explore recycled fashion, or join our new book club. Details here.

Original painted floor cloths by Deborah Kay Nees (above) and Helen Jean Smith (right).

         Take Action

    Advocacy - Hydrofracturing Updates

GW National Forest Plan Released! Water supplies protected! Read more.


  • Stanley Stands Up for the North Fork! Check out Friends' new water workbook for middle school students - Stanley Stands Up for the North Fork of the Shenandoah River.  Join our mascot, Stanley the Central Stoneroller, on a journey of water related, interactive and learning activities through his home - the North Fork of the Shenandoah River! Download activities for FREE!


          Indian Springs entrance




Margaret Nelson Receives the Friends' 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award

At the Friends 26th Annual Meeting and Family Fun Day, May 3, 2014, Margaret Nelson (wearing her blue Friends' cap) receives the Volunteer of the Year for 2014.  The award was presented by Friends' Executive Director Leslie Mitchell (wearing the yellow cap).

Read more about Margaret's contribution to Friends HERE!




River Workbook Available for Classrooms

Across the Region

Use these Links to the Workbook 

Stanley made an appearance at Peter Muhlenberg Middle School. See what he had to say!
Volunteer Opportunities!

 Algae Monitoring Initiative…We Are Looking for Volunteer Monitors for 2014

As many of you know, the amount of algae in the North Fork has increased significantly over the last 8 years.  It has been choking out native grasses and impairing our enjoyment of the river when fishing, paddling and swimming.  While it is clear that the river is “impaired” by excess algae much of the summer, government action may be predicated on being able to measure the amounts of algae in various parts of the river.  With this in mind, the US EPA has funded an effort by the Interstate Commission of the Potomac River Basin to develop and test a river algae monitoring protocol.

We are in need of three to five teams of two or three people who are willing to help with this important work.  The effort will involve surveying algae growth at a selected transect of the river twice a month through October.  This effort requires wading across the river during each survey, so there is some risk involved. You would need to be comfortable wading the river and knowing when not to do so, due to river level or turbidity.  

Training of volunteers occurred in mid-May.  A second training date will be announced soon.  If you are still interested in joining the monitoring team, please let us know.  If you do not have a partner for this effort, we will team you up with someone else.  If you are not up to this effort, perhaps you know someone who would be willing to help. 

Interested?  Questions? Please get in touch with John Holmes at john.holmes@fnfsr.org or call the Friends office at 540-459-8550540-459-8550 .


Raindrops Fill Barrels, and Barrels Fill a Map

Rain barrels are wonderful -- they capture, store and discharge rainwater that otherwise would flow off a roof, through gutters and downspouts/rain chains and become runoff.  River Network partnered with IMRivers to create the Rain Barrel Registry.  Read more...  Register your rain barrel now!


   Thanks to those who attended and everyone who worked ahead of time to make our 10th Annual Fish Fry and Art Auction great success! Your support helps ensure strong efforts to protect our watershed.

 Thanks to our Event Sponsors
Special Thanks to:
This Year's Artists

Mercury Paper/Oasis Brands

Muse Vineyards

PJ Designs -- Pat Koch
Shenandoah Animal Hospital
Woodstock Café and Shoppes

Individual Sponsors:

Brian and Paula Dailey
Mary Gessner and Bud Griswold
Bill Grillo
Peter and Kim Scudera
Russ Shay & Debbie Sease

Tanya Harvey and Jay Eiche
John Holmes and
         Diane Zipursky Quale
Margaret Lorenz
John and Pat McKenna
Margaret Nelson
Chuck and Beverly Veatch

Judy and Bill Beavers
William and Judith Buechner
Alice Findler
David and Leah Jeffers
Jan and Roy Sommerfeldt
Jeanne Teller and
             Robert Zimmerman
Kim Uhl and Sara Garland

Donald Albright
Jane and Don Butler
Frank Cihlar and Ann Warshauer
Joan Comanor and Tony Dorrell
John Eckman and Carole Nash
David Evans
John Hall and Ingrid DeSanctis
Warren and Barbara Halvorson
Brenda and Bruce Hatton
Martha Heisel
Lee and Toni Jetté
Andi Kasarsky
Barbara Kirkland
Nat and Mary Jane Kirkland
Ed and Suzie Koller
John and Carolyn Kreitzburg
Susan and Bill Lane
John and Mary Modolo
Suzanne Montgomery
Pat Munoz
Brenda Rawlings
Michael Rohrbaugh
Sherrie Wain
Jan and Kevin Whalen
John Laughlin, Auctioneer
Senza Fine Quartet
Glee Berthiaume, Graphic Design
Fiona Post
Shaffers Catering
Woodstock Moose Lodge

Auction Donors
Mimslyn Inn
Luray Caverns
Stonewall Jackson Hotel
Blackfriars Playhouse
George Washington Hotel
Saumaj Health Spa
Strasburg Hotel
Muse Vineyards
Wolf Gap Vineyards
Kindred Pointe Vineyards
Cave Ridge Vineyards
The Happy Harper
Natural Art Garden Center
Frank Marcy Painting
Ken Lutz, Tall Oaks Landscaping
Ken Lutz Tree Service Inc.
David Means, Copper Forest
EBS Gallery
Buggy B's
Intuitive Touch Therapeutic Massage
Dr. Joe Cheff
Gandy Grooming
Paul J. Neal, Jr., Attorney
Ramada Inn, Strasburg
Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites
Mossy Creek Fly Fishing
Potomac River Outfitters
Massanutten WaterPark
Nelson Rocks Outdoor Center
Skyline Canoe Company
Blue Sky Hangliding & Paragliding School
River Riders
RS Allen Design
Iron Rose (Western Apparel)
Shenandoah Bicycle Company

Joe's Streak House
Westover Market
Clementine Cafe
Violino's Winchester
The Market in Woodstock
Cristina's Cafe
Hi Neighbor Restaurant
Dandy Restaurant Cruises with Capt. Ryan Wojtanowski
Brenda Rawlings
Deirdre Cochran
Rob Schwartz
Jay Eiche and Tanya Harvey
Jack Chapman
Ashley & Corey Ness
Suzanne Montgomery, Brenda Rawlings,
  Linda Murphy, Jane Butler, and Sara Garland
Wolfgang Neudorfer
Andrew Thayer
Glenn Richardson
Harry Dietrich
Helen Jean Smith
John Modolo
Gene Taylor
John Hayes
Jim Spillane
Mary Ruth Follette
Joyce Badanes
Martha Heisel
Samuel Dellinger – Joshua Henry
John Coleman
Doug French
Brian McKee
Leslie Rupert and Bill Johnston
Teri-Lynn Calderon

Ali Carithers
Penelope Carroll
Susan Chiaramonte 
Maureen Crisman
Lynne Crumpacker
Diane Charuhas Gould
Alex Hofgren
Hannah Huddle
PJ Designs
Martha Mobley
Deborah Kay Nees
Helen Jean Smith
Laurel Vaughan    


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