Friends of the Lower Appomattox River, Inc.
P.O. Box 1808
1964 Wakefield Avenue
Petersburg VA 23805-2114
Mission Statement
FOLAR works in partnership with communities to conserve and protect the Appomattox River for all to enjoy
Web and Social Media
Beautiful Appomattox River near the confluence of the James
CEO/Executive Director Wendy Austin
Board Chair Ken Newman
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
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
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $623,375.00
Projected Expenses $621,911.00
Additional Documents
FOLAR Brochure2014View
FOLAR works in partnership with communities to conserve and protect the Appomattox River for all to enjoy


FOLAR receives the Cameron Foundation Handy L. Lindsey, Jr. Award for Excellence in Organizational Management recognizing excellence in overall organizational management and attainment of Standards for Excellence Accreditation - a national recognition of an organization's use of the highest standards of practice.
FOLAR completes master plan for 20+ miles of trails and signage along lower Appomattox River begins action toward funding and building of the Appomattox River Trail (A|R|T).
FOLAR establishes the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River Environmental Stewardship Scholarship for higher education to individuals who demonstrate academic achievement and commitment to community service.
FOLAR with regional partners and hundreds of volunteers removes 10,000 lbs of trash in 2016 from the Appomattox River to restore healthy shorelines.
  • Spring Appomattox River Regional Clean-up – March
  • 5K Trail Run in Prince George County – April
  • RiverFest – April
  • Paddle-or-Battle – September
  • Fall Fling, Annual Member/Stakeholder event – November


Top FOLAR GOALS for current year:
  • Work toward building the Appomattox River Trail
  • Build community awareness, use, and stewardship of the River
  • Continue to develop and strengthen the organizational structure of FOLAR



FOLAR's top 5 pressing needs are:

  1. Funding the Appomattox River Trail 
  2. Develop operational systems to strengthen the organizational structure starting with membership and volunteer management systems
  3. Develop further board succession plan and pipeline
Friends of the Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR) is a nonprofit organization formed in 2001 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 strengthto body and soul alike."
– John Muir

The Appomattox River is a designated Virginia Scenic River.
FOLAR is the 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 Trail (A|R|T) is spotlighted in the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation Outdoors Plan. Completion of the A|R|T is a top priority of the Capital Region Collaborative Regional Rivers Plan.
Board Chair Statement

FOLAR is emerging with strength and new opportunities to support and enjoy the Appomattox River. All of these plans and progress are due to you - our dedicated members, volunteers, partners, and donors. I invite you to join in the fun, contribute to the ever-increasing momentum, and be a part of conserving and protecting the Appomattox River for all to enjoy.

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 Ken Newman
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2019
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Heather Barrar
Company Affiliation Chesterfield Co. Planning Dept.
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2019
Board of Directors
Board Members
Wayne Banty VULVAN Materials
Heather Barrar Chesterfield County Planning Department
Tim Blumenshine National Park Service
LuAnn Collier Dinwiddie
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
Richard Taylor Petersburg
Christian Volk Virginia American Water
K. Wayne Walton Hopewell
Susan H. Watson Prince George
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 5
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 90
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Wendy Austin
Experience FOLAR has accomplished an enormous amount and seen unprecedented success and support through its 15 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. 
Co-CEO Wendy Austin
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 250
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Whistleblower Policy 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 $623,375.00
Projected Expenses $621,911.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
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Program Expense$62,403$58,361$15,000
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Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.011.001.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%51%
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Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application 6/2017View
Organization Comments Management of FOLAR financial is provided by the Crater Planning District Commission (CPDC)
Foundation Comments
  • Revenue from Foundations and Corporations includes donations, grants and in-kind support from businesses and programs for specific projects.