The following were set at the August 9, 2003 Conference to serve on the Steering Committee for the New River Watershed Roundtable (a one-year term): Ron Powers-Friends of Claytor Lake, Patrick Burton-New River Planning District Commission, Cynthia Hancock-Skyline Soil and Water Conservation District, Gary Boring-New River-Highlands Resource Conservation and Development, Darla Tucker-Friends of Claytor Lake, Rachel Havens-Big Walker Soil and Water Conservation District, Karita Knisley-Citizen, Jerry Moles-Organizational Consultant, Rick Roth-Radford University, Mike Harvey-Friends of the New River, Llyn Sharp - VT Science Outreach Co-Op and Museum, Charles Maus-Citizen, Kelly Miller – Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.
have been regular meetings of the Steering Committee, leading to the seating of
Bylaws were adopted by the Board at their inaugural meeting in July 2005.
Still not complete. The New River Planning District Commission has also looked into providing this information.
With organizational development starting to take form, Board meetings are beginning to include education and capacity-building.
With the seating of the Board, DCR has provided funding for a part-time watershed field coordinator to assist with facilitation of the Roundtable.
Under our new organizational structure, the development of a business plan will now fall to the Executive Committee, Technical Advisory Committee, and Finance and Grants Committee.
Under our new organizational structure, the development of a marketing plan will now fall to the Executive Committee, Technical Advisory Committee, and Public Outreach Committee.
We have Board representation from local government, however we still need an elected official on the Executive Committee. Local government has been our biggest challenge to get involved.
Forestry focus group has remained active with the support of the
The Education Group continued to provide watershed education, but will need to more closely identify with the Roundtable. As the organizational identity develops, this will be easier.
Some of the other focus groups stopped meeting after the strategic plan was developed and agency support went to Board development and other areas. These will need to be re-energized.
group reports follow:
Challenge 1: (Information/Communications) Many stakeholders are not adequately informed about the full range of how agriculture and water quality issues affect one another. There is a feeling that program policies and best management practices may sometimes be established without gathering enough information from affected stakeholders.
Progress: The SWCDs and RC&D as well as Cooperative Extension Service all have significant programs going, there still seems to be a need for gap analysis.
Action: Develop a legislative directory to facilitate communication with representatives in the General Assembly.
The web now serves this function: <http:// legis.state.va.us/> The Farm Bureau also provides information on key committees.
Contact: Tom Miller at 540-921-1010
Challenge 1: Education Forum
Action: Develop and present a Low-impact Development Seminar.
Education Focus Group
Contact: Llyn Sharp at firstname.lastname@example.org
Challenge 1: Science Based Information Summary of the New River Watershed needed
· Develop a series of fact sheets by topic, level of detail and audiences focus
was begun by Llyn Sharp and Mike Harvey from Friends of the
· Expand into brochures
· Research a ‘State of the River’ report from other watersheds
We have gathered many examples of reports with quite different approaches. Work continues.
· Utilize university scientists better
Still needs work, website would help
Challenge 2: Materials for K-12 Teachers
· Outline materials and experiences that are available to teachers, to include workshops, field sites, etc.
Not complete. Virginia Tech and Skyline SWCD have strong outreach programs in this area. We need to find out what other SWCDs and organizations are providing and help link teachers to them.
contacted Forestry Focus Group for their report.
Annual Plan of Work
Contact: Kelly Miller at email@example.com
Challenge 1: Generally, throughout the Basin, there is a lack of appropriate forest management that improves and sustains water quality and provides for critical wildlife habitat.
Strategy 1: Increase and improve the implementation of forestry best management practices (BMPs).
Action items: 1) Approach purchasers of raw materials to require logger training for suppliers
Partners: VDOF, VCE, Industry, SWCDs, TNC,
Encourage & promote SHARP Logger
Timeline: On-going and investigate another campaign
Partners: VDOF, VCE, SWCDs, Industry,
3)Encourage the development of a low impact stream-crossing course.
Timeline: Preliminary planning=Spring 2004 with a possible Fall 2004 class
Partners: VDOF, VCE,
4) Explore tax credit program for forest management planning.
Timeline: Jan. 2004 begin research with a recommendation for Jan. 2005 General Assembly session
Partners: New River Highlands RC&D, TNC, Sustainable Development Council, SAF, Other Roundtables Other:____________
Funding: None required, only man hours
Work with Area IV SWCDs to include forestry BMPs on the agenda at the spring meeting.
Timeline: March 2004
Partners: SWCDs, DCR, and VDOF
Funding: None required
6) Identify and prioritize critical species and unique ecosystems by compiling already existing information on flora and fauna
Partners: USFS, DCR-NH, EPA, VDGIF, Other:________
7) Promote conservation easements to protect critical wildlife habitat
Funding: State & Federal Programs, possibly grants for publicity
8) Publicize state and federal wildlife programs through available media (newspapers, public announcements, displays, etc.). Encourage agencies to actively market programs.
Timeline: Spring 2004 (or when federal budget approved)
Partners: USDA-NRCS, New River Highlands RC&D, DCR, VDGIF, Other:____________
Funding: Some media will be free, other spots will need small amounts of funding—possibly mini-grants or donations
Challenge 2: While it is known that properly functioning riparian
areas provide substantial water quality protection and
enhancement in adjacent water bodies, land use in much
of the riparian areas in the Basin has reduced proper
riparian functioning substantially and not enough
riparian areas are being restored and/or protected.
Strategy #1: Increase
the amount of riparian buffers in the
Action Items: 1) Review, simplify, and revise the state forestry Riparian Buffer Tax Credit program.
Timeline: Spring 2004 preliminary work,
Fall 2004 draft proposal & seek General Assembly sponsor,
Jan. 2005= Final draft with Assembly patron ready for introduction.
Support perpetual easements through Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, Forest Legacy program, and Farmland Security Act.
Partners: USDA-NRCS, VDOF, USDA-FSA, TNC,
Funding: State & Federal programs
3) Promote riparian buffers in urban areas by meeting with PDCs, Board of Supervisors, and assisting with planning conferences.
Challenge 3: Generally in the Basin, there is a lack of alternative forest management and utilization of forest resources
Strategy #1: Explore alternative uses for forest land and forest products.
Action Items: 1) Increase awareness of white pine roping industry and potential markets for white pine tips.
Partners: VCE, New River Highlands RC&D, Christmas Tree
Growers Associations, Others:__________________
Assist New River Highland RC&D with tipping initiative.
3) Partner with manufacturing industry to demonstrate and promote.
Strategy #2: Promote timber stand improvement (TSI) and alternative harvesting methods.
Action Items: 1) TSI demonstration workshops throughout the
Partners: VCE, VDOF, VDGIF, Others:________
Again, explore a tax credit program for forest management planning. (See above)
Strategy #3: Convert marginal pastureland to forested.
1) Develop Agroforestry information (brochure, demo)
Partners: VCE, Other:________________
Increase selling of current program to landowners. Promote programs that encourage conversion.
Research, gather information, and publicize alternative income sources for forest land.
Groundwater, Surface Water and Waste Water Focus Group
Contact: Mike McLeod at firstname.lastname@example.org
Challenge 1: Protection of Karst lands within the watershed.
Action: * Identify a group working on a “cave” karst project and support the project.
* Promote and Market “cave” projects.
DCR Natural Heritage Karst Office developed workshops for “Living on Karst”.
Challenge 2: Monitoring
Action: Provide a workshop to teach interested
individuals about water quality monitoring.
Utilize Save Our Streams, Va. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ),
Va. Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Friends of
Although water quality monitoring training by Roundtable members has continued, it has not been specifically identified as part of the Roundtable’s effort. Organizational identity like logos etc will help with this.
Challenge 3: Waste Management
Action: Explore the pros and cons of Zoning. What communities are considered zoning in the watershed? Do any communities already utilize zoning?
· Support the use of sound and good science. Know who and where.
Not sure what this means.
Recreation and Tourism Focus Group
Contact: Karita Knisely at email@example.com
Challenge 1: Recreation Resources Inventory
Action: Identify inventories already compiled
with National Committee for the
Challenge 2: Recreation Usage & Activities Coordination
Action: Develop strong regional tourism coop (liason with new State Tourism Director)
Action: Develop presentation for board of supervisors and other local governing or interested parties
Not done yet.
Solid Waste Management, Reclamation Focus Group
Contact: Cynthia Hancock at firstname.lastname@example.org
Challenge 1: Reduce solid waste in streams through out the watershed.
Action: Promote the Adopt–A–Stream Program (Department of Conservation and Recreation – DCR)
Adopt-A-Stream has continued and there were stream cleanups in the watershed during “Stewardship Virginia/Fall River Renaissance”.
Challenge 2: Work with local government and legislators to promote recycling and consumer reduction.
Action: Utilize Public Service Announcements (PSA) and support other established education programs.
Litter and recycling education continues at the county level, but support has decreased, so there is room for the Roundtable to help.