Membership Continues to Rise

2014 was a banner year for Friends in many respects: the official launch of the Blue Ridge Coalition; the inaugural presentation of the Jane Pratt Blue Ridge Mountains Award to Loudoun Valley High School senior Christina Nelson; and three new additions to our Board of Directors to name a few highlights. No less significant was that Friends reached its goal of increasing membership More


Friends Welcomes New Assistant

Friends’ Treasurer and Board member, Peter Weeks, is pleased to announce the hiring of Shannon Swartz, an experienced bookkeeper who will function on a part-time basis to handle Friends’ financial transactions and other administrative tasks. Since 2003 when she became a Certified Paralegal, Shannon has worked for law firms and private practice attorneys.  She currently supports an attorney in Leesburg and for a consulting More

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Friend of the Mountain Award 2014

The 2014 Friend of the Mountain Award was presented to Al Van Huyck, founding member of Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and former President of the Friends  Board of Directors, for his commitment and leadership in conservation work across the region.  Al is currently a member of the Land Use committee and in addition to his work with Friends he has served More


Blue Ridge Coalition is Launched

On November 12th representatives from more than 20 conservation and public organizations met at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge in Front Royal, to launch the Blue Ridge Coalition. The Coalition, designed to leverage the impact of diverse conservation efforts, is an initiative that has been in the formative stages over the last year as a More

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