Who We Are
The Living River Trust began when The Elizabeth River Project recognized a need for more mitigation alternatives to offset impacts to the Elizabeth River bottom.
The Trust was established in 2004 (as the Elizabeth River Restoration Trust) when the Norfolk District of the Corps of Engineers and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, along with the Trust’s independent board, reached agreement on operating guidelines. The Elizabeth River Project helped set up the Trust and is providing contracted support, as needed, for start-up projects.
The Living River Trust is governed by its own Board of Trustees and has a long-term goal of establishing its own support services.
In 2010, the Trust added a second focus, becoming the only locally based land trust in the Elizabeth River watershed. Our niche is smaller urban parcels that may not be of value to state and national land trusts. In our urban watershed, open space is rare and important! Contact us to discuss benefits that may be available for long-term conservation of your natural area.
Liz Friel, Executive Director,
Board of Trustees
Mary Ann Saunders, Retired Assistant to the City Manager, Chesapeake, Virginia
Mary-Carson Saunders Stiff, CFM, JD, Director of Policy,
Julien Robert Hume, III, Retired Chief Regulatory Branch, US Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District
Jennifer K. Cool, Realtor, BHHS Towne Realty
Immediate Past Chair
Willard M. Robins, Jr., Senior Vice President,
Bay Diesel and Generator
Rolston S. Audain Jr.
Marketing & Luxury Collection Director
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Towne Realty
John Randolph Stokes, Esquire
Joseph J. Thomas, COL. USACE (Ret.), Former District Engineer Norfolk District
Jody Wagner, Founder and President, Jody’s Inc.
Matthew Wilbricht, Senior Vice President, NAI Dominion
Edward Wolcott Jr., Esquire