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Upper & Middle James Riparian Consortium – Buffer Summit and Celebration

October 18, 2023 @ 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Please save the date and join us for the fifth annual Buffer Summit and Celebration hosted by the Upper & Middle James Riparian Consortium! The Buffer Summit will be held in person on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Pocahontas State Park – Powhatan Hall – 10301 State Park Rd., Chesterfield, VA 23832


10 – 10:30 a.m. — Registration and Refreshments
10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. — Morning Presentations

Buffer Progress Update from DEQ

Hear from Kevin McLean with VA Department of Environmental Quality on progress toward reaching our state goals for riparian buffers.

Growing Career Paths through the Consortium

Hear from Jordan Bennett, intern alum, on her career path and what she is doing now!

Let’s Talk Turkey — Management Practices to Benefit Wildlife and Create Diversity

Hear from Cully McCurdy with the National Wild Turkey Federation on turkeys and their dependence on our riparian forests.

Connecting and Protecting Riparian Corridors

Hear from Kim Biasiolli with the Piedmont Environmental Council on elements of a good riparian wildlife corridor and initiatives to connect and protect them.

12:15 – 1 p.m. — Lunch
1 – 4 p.m. — Outdoor Activities

We have an exciting line-up of speakers and networking sessions to engage with other Consortium members and partners working in the watershed. See this Program Flier Link for details!

Learn more about the Consortium at: www.jamesriverconsortium.org.

Please contact Philippa Belsches of Dialogue + Design at philippa@dialogueanddesign.com or 434-989-6874 with any questions!