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To keep the North Fork of the Shenandoah River clean, healthy, and beautiful through advocacy, community action, education and science.

Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River


Friends of the North Fork has been an active voice for the health of the river since 1988. Our primary program areas are educationscience, and advocacy. We engage volunteers for river clean-upsmonitoring, and various other activities. In 2014 we became the official “community support organization” for Seven Bends State Park. 

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.
  • Recent foundation and other organization sponsors: 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 seasonal newsletters.

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

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice– Our River Is Our Great Connector

Our river and its watershed connect us all. Just as each stream and tributary is integral to the river’s quality and flow, every person and their actions in our watershed are integral to the health of our community. We collectively share in the enjoyment of, stewardship of, and responsibility for the North Fork. We all have the right to equitable access to the ecological, aesthetic, recreational, economic, and social benefits that the river provides. Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River (FNFSR) commits to bringing more diverse voices representing a broader range of different perspectives into the work we do in order to make our great connector healthier and more equitably accessible for all. Click here to read about our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.


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