Foundation for Virginia’s Natural Resources Fact Sheet

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The FVNR promotes environmental education, pollution prevention, and citizen monitoring by fostering collaborative efforts among citizens, businesses, municipalities, and state agencies.

Sb1141 (2005) Patron: Senator Emmett Hanger  

  • Created the Foundation for Virginia’s Natural Resources (FVNR) to develop and encourage the non-regulatory conservation programs within the agencies of the Secretariats of Natural Resources and Agriculture and Forestry. It also creates the Foundation for Virginia’s Natural Resources Trust Fund (the Fund).

FVNR Board

  • FVNR is governed by a 15 member board appointed by the Governor [(13 citizens representing the 13 major river basins of Virginia plus the Secretaries of Natural Resources (14) and Agriculture and Forestry (15) or their designees]
  • In one of its first decisions the Board elected to align the foundation with the Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF).
  • The Board of FVNR will identify incentives for contributions to the fund from any source public or private. They will also develop goals and guidelines for submittal and evaluation of grant application for support from the fund. They are required to submit a biennial executive summary on the work of the Board to the Governor and the General Assembly on regular session years.
  • The Board will seek assistance in this work from a task force made up of representatives of Natural Resource and Agricultural agencies.
  • Board members will serve without compensation but are to be reimbursed for expenses from the Fund.
  • The board must meet at least four times a year.
  • The Board has the power to: sue and be sued, accept gifts and contributions and manage such, to enter into contracts, to employ staff, to conduct fundraising activities.

The Foundation

  • The Foundation may support cooperative programs with grants to any not-for-profit entity whose purpose is to provide environmental education, pollution prevention, and citizen monitoring.
  • The Foundation for Virginia’s Natural Resources Trust Fund shall be a nonreverting fund in the state treasury consisting of state moneys, federal grants or endowments, and funds from any other available source, public or private. Moneys in the Fund shall be used solely for supporting environmental education, pollution prevention, and citizen environmental monitoring.
  • FVNR has the potential to make the citizen stewardship programs of the Commonwealth more sustainable, and build and diversify support for natural resource protection in Virginia.