In November, 1985, Dr. Gerald Stokes (Virginia Land Conservation Coordinator ) contacted James V. Morgan, a Gloucester conservationist known for his love of the Dragon Run, on behalf of Louise McKenna of Middlesex County, who wished to permanently preserve a portion of her property for its conservation potential. Following a conversation with Dr. Stokes, Morgan contacted friends and acquaintances he knew were interested in protecting and preserving the Dragon Run. Following lengthy negotiations and fundraising efforts by the Morgan group, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) agreed to purchase the property with donations raised by the Morgan group and hold title until the group could incorporate. In late April1986, the ad hoc purchase group, later known as Friends of Dragon Run, was formed. The organization adopted its By-Laws, elected Directors and Officers, and forged a purpose statement, “The preservation, protection, and encouragement of wise use of Dragon Run and its watershed.”
Friends of Dragon Run was incorporated August 13, 1990, received IRS provisional tax-exempt status July 25, 1991, and permanent 501(c)3 tax-exempt status June 5, 1995. The IRS determined at that time that FODR is a publically supported organization described under U. S. Code Sections 509(a)1, and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)..
All parcels acquired to date border the Dragon Run directly, and most are the subject of a Forestry Management Plan. Each parcel is visited regularly by a Property Monitor to ensure that streamside erosion or other water quality issues are detected and mitigated promptly.
FODR pays Real Estate Taxes to the localities within which it owns land. Quarterly meetings, open to the public, present knowledgeable speakers on topics of a conservation nature, wildlife, or habitat management. We also publish a quarterly newsletter, which is distributed to every member.
FODR is a member-based conservation land trust, governed by a 13 to 19 member Board of Directors elected bi-annually, and managed by five Officers, elected annually. There are no paid positions within the organization. All Officers and Directors serve on a voluntary basis. Membership is open to any interested persons.
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