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Friends of the North Fork has been an active voice for the health of the river since 1988. Our primary program areas are education, science, and advocacy. We engage volunteers for river clean-ups, monitoring, and various other activities. In 2014 we became the official “community support organization” for Seven Bends State Park. We’d love to have you get involved.

Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River Inc.  is a private, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, governed by a volunteer board of directors who report to our members at the annual meeting each Spring. Our Executive Director leads a small paid staff based out of our office in Woodstock, Virginia.

Friends’ annual operating budget runs about $150,000 or more annually. We are supported by about 350 member households and businesses from around the Valley and points beyond.

Recent local business sponsors include:  Cargill (Timberville), Farm Credit of the Virginias, FirstBank, Fort Valley Nursery, Howell Metal, The Market in Woodstock, Mercury Paper, Muse Vineyards, Old River Creative, Top Bead Welding Service, Valley Health, Virginia Eagle Distributing, and Woodstock Cafe & Shoppes.

Friends also receives grants and support from various foundations and other organizations. Recent funders include: The Agua Fund, Chesapeake Bay Funders Network, Chesapeake Bay Trust, Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund, Choose Clean Water Coalition, Dominion Foundation, National Wildlife Federation, MARPAT Foundation, Norfolk-Southern Foundation,  Patagonia, Pure Water Forum, Shenandoah County, and Wildlife Foundation of Virginia.

You can learn more about recent projects and activities by reading our newsletters on the publications page.

Learn about the designated “source” of the North Fork high up in the mountains by clicking here

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