Go Wild
Written by Nora Kroll   
Monday, 29 May 2017 09:27

Go Wild 2017 was the best yet! Thanks to all our exhibitors, Refuge staff, volunteers, and especially to everyone who came to enjoy nature in its many varieties.

Garden Blooms
Written by Nora Kroll   
Thursday, 13 April 2017 08:43

Golden Alexanders are blooming in the Wilna Lodge Garden. So Pretty! Thanks to all the volunteers who work so hard in the Wilna gardens and in the butterfly garden at Hutchinson.

Lodge Garden
Written by Nora Kroll   
Friday, 03 June 2016 10:21

Congratulations to the garden volunteers who worked so hard to renovate the garden at the Wilna Lodge! Carolina pea, penstemon, butterfly weed and native honeysuckle are blooming now.

Executive Fracking Statement
Written by Ann Graziano   
Sunday, 29 November 2015 00:00

The Friends Group has written an in-depth policy on why local, state, and federal agencies should ban or severely limit fracking activities in the Taylorsville Basin.  Here is our Executive Summary Statement.  To receive a copy of the full report send us an e-mail at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

“Policy on Hydraulic Fracturing in the Taylorsville Basin.”

Executive Summary

Upon careful consideration, we the Friends of the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge  (the Refuge) oppose the practice of “fracking” in our region.  (See attached report.)

We urge our representatives at the local, state, and Federal levels either to ban fracking throughout the Tidewater region, or at least to regulate narrowly the practice so that sensitive environmental resources, on the Refuge and elsewhere, are protected.

The refuge contains parcels on both sides of the Rappahannock River and thus includes [portions of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula in Virginia, touching the counties of Caroline, Essex, Westmoreland, King and Queen,  and Richmond.  The Refuge is underlain geologically by the Taylorsville Basin, a shale formation rich in oil and natural gas resources.

The fracking process would consume millions of gallons of fresh water that could otherwise be used productively for public water supplies and crop irrigation, as well as providing clean water sources for the abundant surface waters and wildlife that are an economically beneficial recreational resource in the area of the Refuge.

Fracking constitutes essentially an industrial activity that is incompatible with the rural character of the area.  It would bring heavy truck traffic and result in costly public expenditures to meet increased needs for transportation and public utilities.  The use of government powers of eminent domain to take private property for routing pipelines is an example of the possible impacts of fracking operations on land use in our area.

Fracking has potentially harmful environmental impacts, such as waste water spills; ground water contamination with mercury, radioactivity, and salinity,  and release of CO2 and methane into the atmosphere.

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