Roanoke Valley Chapter, Milepost 100-150
The Roanoke Valley chapter of FRIENDS was formed in August of 2006. Their service area runs from Milepost 100 to 150 and includes the Roanoke, Salem, Bent Mountain, and Vinton.
Area of Service: Roanoke Mountain Day Use Area, presence at area festivals, Roanoke Mountain Music Series, Area festivals, Roanoke River, Trails, Overlooks, Cemeteries, Viewshed tree plantings
If you’re interested in getting involved with the Roanoke Valley Chapter, please contact Jennifer_Snyder@FriendsBRP.org or Roanoke@FriendsBRP.org or 1.800.228.PARK (7275)
Roanoke Valley’s volunteers help to preserve, promote and enhance the Blue Ridge Parkway as it winds through the Plateau District of southern Virginia. While some 16-18 million travelers enjoy the Parkway each year, the Parkway continues to be impacted by deeper and deeper funding and staff reductions. As this valuable historic, cultural, economic and spiritual resource is more and more threatened, the chapter’s efforts as volunteers through FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway become more and more important.
The Chapter cares for trails, overlooks, campgrounds and picnic areas. Working in partnership with National Park Service staff, members adopt, maintain and restore trailsand care for scenic overlooks on the BRP. The Chapter recruits and inspires young people to serve as Youth Volunteers in Parks (YVIPs). Energetic YVIPs prepare Roanoke Mountain camp sites and picnic areas for opening each Spring. We also engage YVIPs in annual tree planting events to enhance the scenic views enhance the scenic views which have been threatened by development adjacent to the Parkway.
The Chapter raises funds to support Park programs. Through efforts and events such the Blue Ridge Marathon, FRIENDS underwrites the summerlong series of music concerts on Roanoke Mountain. FRIENDS also funds resources for other interpretive programs led by Rangers all along the Parkway.
The Chapter provides learning opportunities for youth as Junior Rangers. Through participating in and producing events such as Earth Day, Fishing Days, and Tree- Plantings, we teach environmental stewardship to children through hands-on learning activities.
The Roanoke Valley Chapter is most active on the Parkway from March to October. Volunteers usually work one or two Saturday mornings each month. Scheduled workdays are announced
via email, with dates, times, locations and other details included. Snacks are often provided! The Chapter efforts are lead by a steering committee responsible for planning
and coordinating efforts behind-the-scenes. Additional leaders are always welcome!
FRIENDS’ success has been achieved through the loyalty and financial support of our corporate partners, members and volunteers. FRIENDS is the official 501(c)(3) membership
organization for the Blue Ridge Parkway and a National Park Service Blue Ridge Parkway approved partner dedicated to preserve, promote and enhance the Blue Ridge Parkway.