Friends of the Lower Appomattox River, Inc.
P.O. Box 1808
1964 Wakefield Avenue
Petersburg VA 23805-2114
Mission Statement
FOLAR: Communities working in partnership to conserve, protect, and encourage wise use of the Lower Appomattox River and its surrounding trails, wetlands and parklands.
  March 26 - Annual Spring Clean-up
  April 30 - RiverFest on the Appomattox
  September 24 - 9TH Annual Paddle or Battle 


Web and Social Media
Beautiful Appomattox River near the confluence of the James
CEO/Executive Director Wendy Austin Interim
Board Chair Wayne Walton
Board Chair Company Affiliation Hopewell
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 1808
1964 Wakefield Avenue
Petersburg, VA 238052114
Telephone 804 861-1666
Fax 804 732-8972
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2005
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $467,995.00
Projected Expenses $436,156.00
Additional Documents
FOLAR Brochure2014View
FOLAR: Communities working in partnership to conserve, protect, and encourage wise use of the Lower Appomattox River and its surrounding trails, wetlands and parklands.
  March 26 - Annual Spring Clean-up
  April 30 - RiverFest on the Appomattox
  September 24 - 9TH Annual Paddle or Battle 


Major FOLAR ACCOMPLISHMENTS from the past year:
FOLAR has successfully strengthened it's operation and governance structure by adding an Executive Director, establishing appropriate Board Committees, and more strategically working to increase fund development/revenue generation.
Successful launch of the Annual Appomattox RiverFest, a celebration of the heritage, nature, and recreational offerings of the Lower Appomattox River, held at the historic Ferndale Appomattox Riverside Park in Dinwiddie near Petersburg. Mark your calendar for the 2nd RiverFest - April 30, 2016!
FOLAR engaged hundreds of volunteers from six jurisdictions and Fort Lee in the following:
  •  Appomattox Regional Park, Prince George – Completion of 11 year effort to develop this 67 acre park including planning, purchase and installation of pavilion structure, eco-restroom structure, trail signage, and benches.
  • City Park and Hopewell Marina – Multiple clean up events and old structure removal with volunteers from Historic Hopewell Foundation, Fort Lee, Police, VA Water, and other groups
  • Petersburg – Multiple trail/river clean ups through the Appomattox Riverside Park scenic trail to Lake Chesdin
  • Continued Model of Regional Cooperation – A key element in the success of FOLAR has been that the members of FOLAR have worked to successfully cultivate relationships and trust with government leaders from all jurisdictions as well as business leaders and community members to work toward regional solutions. This has resulted in the swift completion of many significant projects along the river corridor including the construction of trailheads at Campbell’s Bridge in Petersburg, the Appomattox River Park in Prince George, and the Old Patrick Copeland School site in Hopewell; new piers at City Point and Patrick Copeland; Weston Pier restoration; Appomattox River Regional Park Water Quality Monitoring Station; Cameron Bridge; Campbell’s Bridge, Petersburg; Parking and trail access at Campbell’s Bridge; Battersea Bridges, Petersburg; and more!
Annual events:
  • 8th Annual Paddle/Battle Event - Coming this year on September 26, 2015
  • Spring River Clean up through six jurisdictions - March
  • RiverFest, Celebration of our River - Historic Ferndale Park Petersburg - Coming next year on April 30, 2016
  • Annual Member/Stakeholder meeting - October 

Top FOLAR GOALS for current year:
  1. Work toward completion of the Blueway-Greenway Heritage Trail
  2. Continue to develop and strengthen the organizational structure of FOLAR to provide for a sustainable/secure future; including fund development and volunteer management systems
  3. Build community awareness, use and stewardship of the River

FOLAR's top 5 pressing needs are:

  1. Finalize plans for completion of the Greenway Heritage Trail 
  2. Develop operational systems/purchase tools to strengthen the organizational structure starting with membership and volunteer management systems
  3. Establish a board succession plan and pipeline
  4. Strengthen marketing and communications practices to better engage the public to use the river
Friends of the Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR) is a nonprofit citizen organization formed in 1999 as a result of the Appomattox River Corridor Plan, The Board of Directors is composed of 20 representatives, appointed by the six jurisdictions that adjoin the Lower Appomattox River and representatives from Virginia State University, business and the community. FOLAR represents community leaders and citizens interested in promoting and enhancing the Appomattox River. The organization is sponsored by the Crater Planning District Commission.
CEO Statement


"Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, 
places to play in and pray in, 
where nature may heal and give strength
to body and soul alike." – John Muir


only organization within the region that exists to serve the community needs for the conservation and preservation of natural resources as well as the need for recreational and enrichment opportunities along the Lower Appomattox River.

Importantly, the Appomattox River is a major source of drinking water to surrounding communities. The continuous work by FOLAR along the river helps to create natural plant pollution filters, prevent erosion and protect us from natural disasters.

FOLAR has organized streamside restoration projects, park developments, environmental stewardship programs and educational projects that engage citizens, students, communities and businesses all working side by side. 
Additionally, FOLAR’s work to improve the river and trails provides needed benefit to the local and regional economy including tourism opportunities and increases in relative property values.
The Appomattox River & Heritage Trail is featured in the Petersburg Area Regional Tourism (PART) website and marketing information. The Trail is also spotlighted in the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation Outdoors Plan. FOLAR will be featured as the subject of a LOVE grant from the Virginia Tourism Corporation in a LOVE sculpture that depicts the Appomattox River & Heritage Trail in symbols and letters.
Board Chair Statement

FOLAR has functioned as a volunteer led operation for its first 14 years and is now focused on future organizational sustainability to enable and ensure its continued positive impact on the quality of life of the residents and visitors of jurisdictions along the Lower Appomattox River. The founding members of the Board of Directors, who have invested enormous personal time and effort, are committed to developing the operation to the next level of “Business” excellence.

The objectives in the newly developed strategic plan have been accepted as the responsibility of the Board of Directors and its appointed committees. These committees, while chaired by Board members, will seek to identify and recruit additional members from those individuals who understand, accept and appreciate the importance of FOLAR to the quality along the Lower Appomattox River.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Tri-cities Region
Chesterfield County
Dinwiddie County
Prince George County
The Lower Appomattox River flows on a continuous route connecting nature and culture through six jurisdictions - from the Lake Chesdin, a 3,100 ace reservoir, at Brasfield Dam, straddling Chesterfield and Dinwiddie Counties, through historic Petersburg, Colonial Heights and Prince George County to the Appomattox River’s confluence with the James River at the national City Point Park in Hopewell.
Board Chair
Board Chair Wayne Walton
Company Affiliation Hopewell
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2016
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Ken Newman
Company Affiliation Community member
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2016
Board of Directors
Board Members
Wayne Banty VULVAN Materials
Heather Barrar Chesterfield County Planning Department
Tim Blumenshine National Park Service
LuAnn Collier Dinwiddie
Lorne Field Chesterfield County
Earnest H. Greene Dominion Resources Services, Inc.
Lewis L. Johnson Jr.Colonial Heights
Brian Mancini Dinwiddie
Kenneth Newman At-Large
Debbie Newman At-Large
Michael Packer Petersburg
Johnny Partin Hopewell
Albert Reid Virginia State University
Dama E. Rice Community At-Large
Jerry J. Skalsky Prince George
Richard Taylor Petersburg
Christian Volk Virginia American Water
K. Wayne Walton Hopewell
Eloise Ward Colonial Heights
Susan H. Watson Prince George
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 6
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 60
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Wendy Austin Interim
Experience FOLAR has accomplished an enormous amount and seen unprecedented success and support through its 14 years of existence. To bring about a future of equal accomplishment, success, and benefits to the region, the FOLAR board determined in 2013 that the organization has reached a point where it would benefit by having a professional, paid executive leader. 
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 250
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
The Crater Planning District Commission serves as the fiscal agent for FOLAR through an annually renewed cooperative agreement.

FOLAR’s Greenway / Blueway Plan was developed in 2002 in partnership with Virginia Tech students using a grant from the Virginia Division of Forestry. Greenways are vegetated corridors of land preserved for ecological, recreational, educational and economic benefits. Blueways are corridors of water preserved for ecological, recreational, educational and economic benefits.

The goal of this program is to link all recreational, cultural and natural features, and historic sites on both sides of the river. In addition to increasing the opportunity for ecologic, health and educational benefits, many studies demonstrate that well maintained waterfronts, parks and trails increase nearby property values and serve as a catalyst for economic development. The recently updated FOLAR Strategic Plan calls for completion of the 22 mile trail by 2016.
Budget $15,000.00
Description Water is a vital and precious resource. To help preserve and maintain water quality on the Lower Appomattox River, FOLAR has multiple goals:
  • Build and maintain partnerships with local governments and other private organizations in order to regularly exchange information and activities that can help maximize the benefits communities receive from maintaining a clean river, including economic and recreational opportunities;
  • Promote citizen participation in river monitoring and train volunteers in water quality monitoring; and
  • Organize regular regional river/corridor cleanup campaigns.
Budget $5,000.00
Description Citizens and other visitors are more likely to be good stewards of the River and appreciate the area's unique environment if they are able to learn about these resources personally.  


The goal of this program is to provide experiential and educational opportunities for all ages relating to the Appomattox River corridor. The project is developing in phases. During the past ten years, several facilities and improvements have been completed at the proposed nature center site, the Appomattox Regional River Park (ARRP). The project has the support of Crater Planning District Commission, the Appomattox River Soil and Water Conservation District and numerous nonprofit organizations including conservation groups such as Ducks Unlimited and the Wild Turkey Federation. ARRP has grown from a 25 acre wooded site in 2003 to a 67 acre park today, the largest in Prince George County. It also is the site of the only free public boat launch in the county. This canoe and kayak launch was finished in 2011 as a partnership between FOLAR, the Prince George Rotary and the Riverside Regional Jail. Site improvements will continue and an objective of establishing a volunteer program that will offer historical and environmental programming for children, youth and adults has been set for completion in 2015.
Budget $15,000.00
Description In 2012, Tourism generated $328.9 million in revenues to the Petersburg Area Regional Tourism service area generating $13.9 million in tax revenue and supporting over 3,400 jobs. The 2005 Comprehensive Regional Heritage Tourism Strategic Planning Project commissioned by the Crater Planning District Commission recommends development of, “Outdoor Recreation Niches: As the urban areas in the larger region continue to grow and develop, the more rural areas beyond the Petersburg area have an opportunity to package outdoor recreation niche products including cycling trails, birding, river recreation excursions, equestrian trails, “volksmarchs” [organized non-competitive walking], etc.”  
Budget $5,000.00
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $467,995.00
Projected Expenses $436,156.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$58,361$15,000$20,977
Administration Expense--$14,160$7,189
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Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.001.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%51%74%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue--0%0%
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Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
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Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application Confirmation 6/2016View
Foundation Comments
  • Revenue from Foundations and Corporations includes donations, grants and in-kind support from businesses and programs for specific projects.