RIVER, OPEN SPACE AND CULTURE

Protect the rivers and water quality in the George Washington Region through management of landscapes and runoffs on a small- and large-scale basis. Provide visible, tangible lessons about what people need to prepare for and what they can do.

 

Follow up on the George Washington Regional Commission Green Infrastructure Plan’s recommendation to restore the regional tree canopy.

 

2015 Goal

Install signs along trails to educate users about watershed issues. Stage demonstration projects along trails to give people tangible ideas they can implement on their own properties.

 

Leader

Fredericksburg Pathways Partners, Spotsylvania Greenways Initiative, Friends of the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail

Achieved?

CITY OF FREDERICKSBURG HAS EXTENDED TRAIL

Map out a new high-water mark and physically indicate it in relation to where it was in the past and where it is predicted to be in the future.

Identify the best location along the Fredericksburg riverfront for this project. Acquire data and install water mark.

 

 

Friends of the Rappahannock

 

Map out a new high-water mark and physically indicate it in relation to where it was in the past and where it is predicted to be in the future.

Increase the regional tree canopy by 5 percent, or approximately 51.5 sq. miles, with priority given to infilling gaps in riparian buffers and areas that aid water quality protection.

 

 

Tree Fredericksburg

CONTINUING

 

 

Increase the amount of open space in the George Washington Region. Follow up on related recommendations contained in the George Washington Regional Commission’s 2011 Green Infrastructure Plan.

Action

Explore the possibility of creating a land trust within the George Washington Region to assist with easement acquisitions.

 

2015 Goal

Work with GWRC Green Infrastructure plan participants to determine the viability of this idea and/or move this forward.

 

Leader

George Washington Regional Commission

 

Achieved?

 

 

Explore the possibility of creating a land trust within the George Washington Region to assist with easement acquisitions. 

 

Identify priority properties, including those of cultural significance, and establish relationships with property owners.

Ask developers to identify portions of their land that can be set aside for open space and conservation or connected to existing greenways when they apply for permits.

 

Friends of the Rappahannock, Civil War Trust, Virginia Outdoors Foundation

 

 

 

 

Improve data available to allow planners to improve environmental planning, per GWRC Green Infrastructure recommendation.

 

Work with GWRC to create a 1-meter (or better) classified land cover data layer that could better define the region’s green and gray infrastructure. Seek grant opportunities to do this.

 

George Washington Regional Commission

 

 

In Process: 615 Mapping

Preserve and protect important historic and cultural resources in the region, such as natural vistas, battlefields, architecture and experiences.

Action

Support and promote the work of the region’s many historic preservation groups to identify and aid sites in need of preservation.

 

2015 Goal

Include renovations and protection of valued sites in stories promoted to the press as part of overall CLEAR marketing plan; find ways to partner with historic preservation groups.

 

Leader

Historic Fredericksburg Foundation Inc., Central Virginia Battlefields Trust

 

 

Achieved?

 

 

 

Preserve experiences that are considered part of the way of life in the George Washington Region.

 

 

Identify key experiences, such as fishing in the Rappahannock, pick-your-own produce opportunities, enjoying certain produce in certain months, etc., that could be at risk because of climate change or destruction of natural infrastructure.

 

The Farmers Market.Co

 

 

 

 

 

PARTNERS

Friends of the Rappahannock

Virginia Outdoors Foundation

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

The Nature Conservancy

Local elected governing boards

Targeted landowners

Historic Fredericksburg Foundation Inc.

Central Virginia Battlefields Trust

UMW geography, geology and environmental science students

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