Existing green infrastructure
Already, significant progress has been made to strengthen the green infrastructure of the George Washington Region. In 2006, the Fredericksburg City Council approved a permanent conservation easement on 4,232 acres running 25 miles upstream on the Rappahannock and Rapidan rivers. The Spotsylvania Greenways Initiative, Fredericksburg Pathways Partners and Friends of the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail have provided many volunteer hours toward expanding the region’s system of greenways. Many private landowners and groups such as the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust have used conservation easements and other mechanisms to protect open spaces in this Region. These are efforts to build on moving forward.