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Conservation & Preservation Groups

Clean Valley Council
clean valley council roanoke vaThe Clean Valley Council is a non-profit organization that has served the Roanoke Valley for more than 30 years.  CVC provides educational programming and citizen participation events to spread the word about litter prevention, recycling, wastestream reduction, stormwater pollution prevention and protecting our natural resources.  We are the go to resource for local recycling information.  CVC provides educational resources and programming for the school systems, the public and the municipalities in the cities of Roanoke and Salem, the counties of Botetourt and Roanoke and the town of Vinton. We host and sponsor several valley-wide litter cleanup events and e-waste collections each year.

Sierra Club - Roanoke Chapter
Sierra Club RoanokeSince 1892, the Sierra Club has been working to protect communities, wild places, and the planet itself. The Sierra Club is the oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States. And their founder, John Muir, appears on the back of the California quarter. Most of all, the Sierra Club is about people. Find out how the club can help you explore, enjoy, and protect the planet.

FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway
Blue Ridge ParkwayFRIENDS is a non-profit, volunteer organization that is dedicated to preserving and protecting the Blue Ridge Parkway, a national treasure. FRIENDS programs focus on preservation, protection and education. Saving Parkway Views is FRIENDS signature project. FRIENDS is the only authorized Blue Ridge Parkway partner organization that has been given this project under an agreement with the Park Service. Join TODAY! Be a Parkway volunteer! You can preserve the beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway and have a lot of fun while you’re doing something great for the environment and the Parkway’s future. Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway Facebook

Blue Ridge Land Conservancy
Blue Ridge Land Conservancy Roanoke VA LogoWe Save Land! The Blue Ridge Land Conservancy has helped preserve over 81,000 acres of land and 30 miles of streams since its founding in 1996. We do that by promoting and holding conservation easements, permanent legal agreements that protect what makes western Virginia such a special place to work and play. For more information or to join the land trust, visit their website or call 540-985-0000. Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway Facebook

RATC - Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club
RAppalachian Trail ClubATC is a recreational hiking association of volunteers who preserve and improve the Appalachian Trail as the nation‘s premier, continuous, long–distance footpath. Founded in 1932, the Club is celebrating more than 75 years of service and adventure on the AT. For more information on the local section of trail, hike schedules, trail and shelter information, or to learn about volunteer opportunities visit their website.

Pathfinders for Greenways
Pathfinders is a group of citizens who represent the trail users of the Roanoke Valley for non–motorized trail uses. Their vision is to have all the area trail users meet and work together on area projects that would benefit the community. Today, VAST is comprised of representatives from the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club, Blue Ridge Bicycle Club, Roanoke Valley Horsemen‘s Association, Roanoke Valley Greenways/Pathfinders, National Mountain Bike Patrol and IMBA.

Trout Unlimited
The Roanoke Chapter of Trout Unlimited is a diverse group of more than 265 people with the common interest of pursuing the Trout Unlimited mission to “conserve, protect and restore North America‘s trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds.” Their web site is presented as a bulletin board for the assimilation of information and collection of suggestions to further not only the stated mission, but to provide suggestions of meaningful and sporting enjoyment of the multitude of outdoor experiences in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Float Fishermen of VA
Float Fishermen of VirginiaThe Roanoke Valley Chapter of the Float Fishermen of Virginia (FFV) is a varied group of boaters that includes rafters, kayakers & canoeist. We do whitewater paddling, flat water fishing, and everything in between. Most importantly, we all pull together when it comes to protecting our waterways. When not on the water, we gather on the last Wednesday of each month (except August & December) at the Roanoker Restaurant. Starting at 7:30 p.m. meetings are likely to include stories of past trips, planning for future ones, reports on projects, updates on access and conservation issues, safety issues, and more. Many folks come early for dinner and networking with other boaters. Come and join us, shake a hand or two, meet someone with the same boating interests, and just have some fun for a change! 

Friends of the New River
Friends of the New River The mission of the Friends of the New River is to promote the conservation, protection, and enjoyment of the natural, cultural, recreational, scenic, and historical values of the New River from Claytor Lake Dam downstream to the West Virginia stateline. In 1988 the New River was designated as one of fourteen American Heritage Rivers. Friends of the New River is a National Committee for the New River partner. Learn more about the National Committee for the New River. 


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