Each year, VIRGINIAforever holds the Bridge Builder Celebration to honor an individual who has championed the protection of the Commonwealth’s natural resources. Learn more about our signature event here.
As a unique coalition of concerned businesses, environmental organizations, and outdoor enthusiasts, VIRGINIAforever advocates for increased funding to restore and protect the lands and waterways of the Commonwealth.
VIRGINIAforever is a diverse coalition of businesses, environmental organizations, and outdoor enthusiasts that advocates for increased funding for water quality improvements and land conservation across the Commonwealth. We are the only statewide organization that has a primary focus on increasing funding for natural resources protection.
Protection of natural resources is a key component of the Constitution of Virginia, and as Virginians, we have an obligation to invest in the land and waters of the Commonwealth. To realize this commitment, adequate funding at the state level is required. VIRGINIAforever advocates for this critical land and water funding. Learn about 5-year funding goals here and read about our accomplishments in our Inaugural Progress Report.
Our stakeholders are the driving force behind numerous policy actions that have produced tangible improvements in the quality of Virginia’s water and the preservation of hundreds of thousands of acres. Members of VIRGINIAforever include individuals from corporations and non-profit organizations across the Commonwealth. Through collaboration and a consensus-based approach, our diverse coalition brings together unique perspectives.
Our Board of Directors guides our strategic direction and all advocacy efforts. Our Board includes:
|Matt Wells, Chair*
WestRockKendall Tyree, Vice Chair*
Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Kyle Shreve, Secretary/Treasurer*
Mark T. Bowles*
Robert L. Dunn**
New River Land Trust
Kristen Hughes Evans
Henry P. Long**
Charles G. McDaniel
Dr. Mamie A. Parker*
Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.
Vera Holmes Toliver
Dennis H. Treacy*
*=denotes Executive Board member
**=denotes Emeritus Board member
Great challenges lie ahead as we continue to work to improve funding for our natural resources, but there are even more opportunities for you, your colleagues, and your neighbors to make a recognizable difference. Individuals, companies, and organizations interested in joining VIRGINIAforever can click here to learn more.
Membership dues are not tax deductible. VIRGINIAforever is a 501 (c)4 organization.