Connecting People to the James
The James River Association’s Community Conservation Program helps communities throughout the watershed realize the benefits of a healthy James River and encourages them to protect it. Quality of life and economic benefits are derived from recreation and business activity on the James River and its tributaries.
In an effort to preserve the “James River Experience,” Community Conservation program staff members work with landowners and partners, including land trusts, to protect land on the banks of the James River.
Community Conservation program staff members work with localities, partners and stakeholders to expand public recreational access to the James River and its tributaries. From the Alleghany Highlands to Fort Monroe, 20 new public river access sites have opened on the James River or one of its tributaries since 2012!
Regional Rivers Plan
The Regional Rivers Plan fulfills the James River Regional Plan strategy, one of four strategies presented to The Capital Region Collaborative by Bill Street Chair of the James River Work Group, on April 26, 2013. The plan was created to guide the expansion of the public recreational access network on the rivers of the Richmond Region. Recommendations for new public access sites, tourism, and economic development are features of the plan. The James River Action Team of The Capital Region Collaborative is charged with implementing the plan.
The vision of the Regional Rivers Plan is threefold, comprised of visions for recreation, tourism, and economic development.
Vision for Recreation
The Richmond Region has a cohesive network of publicly accessible riverside parks, conservation areas, historic sites, canoe and kayak launches and boat landings accommodating a variety of active and passive recreational activities and linked by greenways, blueways, and trails.
Vision for Economic Development
Businesses benefit from events and recreation on the rivers of the region, which serve as sources of freshwater and support commerce and industries.
Vision for Tourism
The creation of the Regional Rivers Plan would not have been possible without the generous support of Altria, WestRock Foundation, Custis Westham Fund of The Community Foundation, and The Cameron Foundation.
Richmond Riverfront Plan
Upper James River Water Trail
Connect Virginians to their river.
Volunteers help by leading our interpretive paddle programs, assisting with outreach at events, constructing boat launches and exploring local waterways to assess river access.