NAME & PROFESSION: Betsy Slade, retired.
JAMES RIVER ORGANIZATION: Friends of James River Park.
WHY YOU LOVE THE JAMES: Peace, serenity, escape from daily hubbub, beauty of an eternal river that is always there and always different. (Note: She can often be found at the river with her canine companion, Baxter)
HOW YOU HELP THE RIVER: Trash pick-up, trail maintenance by reporting problems, cutting down invasive vines, recycling all the stuff I find in the summer — clothes, towels, cigarette lighters, blankets — and once a stripped down stolen VW.
WHAT WOULD YOU IMPROVE OR CHANGE: Put some gravel in a few mud holes.