Do you love the outdoors? Don’t mind getting your hands dirty? Want to help protect the James River? Then becoming a Riparian Steward for the James River Association is the perfect opportunity for you! 

The first three years after a forest buffer is planted is the most critical to ensure health and survival. JRA offers assistance to these landowners during that time with the help of our wonderful stewards! 

Our Stewards are volunteers that work alongside our staff to nurture and monitor riparian buffers installed through the James River Buffer Program. The Stewards monitor tree survival rates identify invasive species, correct damaged tree stakes and shelters, and help to replant trees when needed. No prior knowledge is necessary, and JRA will provide all the tools and training needed. Join a community of people passionate about our river, and gain experience on topics such as native plant ID and invasive plant management! 

Want to see what it’s all about? Sign up for a day to come help us with replanting this spring! JRA will be visiting over 40 sites and planting over 1,000 trees with our Stewards.

Learn more about our Riparian Stewards Program and sign up for a future training here. If you have any additional questions, reach out to Jordan Bennett at

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