Dragon Run Special Area Management Plan

Advisory Group – Education & Access Work Group

March 20, 2002



- Topics -

1.      Welcome and Introductions


2.      Advisory Group Overview/Background


3.      Strengths/Weaknesses/Opportunities/Threats (SWOT) Activity


4.      What’s next?


5.      Adjourn




Advisory Group Mission Statement


“The mission of the Dragon Run Special Area Management Plan is to support and promote community-based efforts to preserve the cultural, historic, and natural character of the Dragon Run, while preserving property rights and the traditional uses within its watershed by improving the tools available to manage its environmental, social, and economic resources.”




Garrie Rouse (Mattaponi Canoe and Kayak); Davis Rhodes (Friends of Dragon Run); Kay Bradley (Northern Neck-Middle Peninsula Public Education Consortium); Jerry Horner (Rappahannock Community College); David Fuss (Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission)


Welcome and Introductions


David Fuss welcomed everyone and began introductions.


Advisory Group Overview


David provided a brief overview of the SAMP project and the role of the Advisory Group.




David led the group through a brainstorming exercise to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of education and access in the watershed. The group also discussed external opportunities and threats that exist.


There was discussion about land-based access and the need to manage access in the Dragon. Experience-based education was viewed as essential to having the community care for the Dragon. The role of conservation easements and land ownership changes was discussed. Jerry proposed the idea for an outdoor education center. Logistical difficulties of access were addressed. Liability problems for access and private landowners were discussed. There was discussion about grants and partnerships. The now defunct Dragon Run Folk Festival was discussed. The idea of a regional entity to manage public access sites was mentioned.


What’s Next?


The group agreed to meet next on April 17 at MPPDC offices at 7:30 PM. David promised to digest the discussions into priority areas. The priority areas below were distilled from the discussions and mailed to group after the meeting. They appear in no particular order.











The meeting was adjourned.