RIVER LOVERS: Jess Barton, Va. Grassroots Coordinator

Jess Barton, Virginia Grassroots Coordinator with the Chesapeake Bay FoundationMeet Jess Barton, Virginia Grassroots Coordinator with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and find out why she loves the James River, how she helps it and what she would do to improve the river.

NAME & PROFESSION: Jess Barton, VA Grassroots Coordinator

JAMES RIVER ORGANIZATION(S): Chesapeake Bay Foundation

WHY YOU LOVE THE JAMES: Richmond and Richmonders are very lucky to have a beautiful river running right through the city. The James provides beauty, wildlife, outdoor adventures, and unique scenery to our city and our state.

Jess Barton leading a clean up at Belle Isle, Spring 2010HOW YOU HELP THE RIVER: Through my position at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation I’ve been able to help organize various clean-ups along the James and tributaries to the James; as well as invasive species removal, trail reclamation projects, and native flower and tree plantings. I also enjoy taking friends to parks along to James River to show them the local beauty we have right here in our backyard.

WHAT WOULD YOU IMPROVE OR CHANGE: I would like for more people to learn about the James River and start to care for it. People’s actions can improve the James – whether it is applying less or no fertilizer, planting native plants, using less water, driving less or picking up after their pet.

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