The James River Buffer Program is a unique program that brings together the expertise of the James River Association (JRA) and the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF). Partnerships in this effort are important to ensure the James River watershed has resilient streamside forests that improve water quality and that landowners visions are understood. Other key partners include the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the Virginia Outdoors Foundation.
VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY
The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) protects and develops healthy and sustainable forest resources for Virginians. VDOF promotes healthy watersheds through the implementation of rigorous silvicultural best management practices, encouraging forest conservation, expanding urban tree canopy, and advocating for the establishment of riparian forest buffers across the state. VDOF has provided technical expertise in the establishment of riparian buffers for over 30 years.
James River Association
The James River Association (JRA) is a member-supported nonprofit organization founded in 1976 to serve as a guardian and voice for the James River. Throughout the James River’s 10,000-square mile watershed, JRA works toward its vision of a fully healthy James River supporting thriving communities. JRA believes that “when you change the James, the James changes you". It is committed to protecting the James River and connecting people to it.