Our River — May 15, 6:30pm, Napa Library

April 23, 2014 Leave a comment

General Meeting

Thursday May 15, 6:30PM
Napa Library

“Our River”ourriver

Come learn the story of the Napa River and about its current health. Find out how we can protect and enjoy it.  Discover paddling destinations and fishing hot spots.

Jonathan Koehler of the Resource Conservation District, Bernhard Krevet of Friends of the Napa River, Laurie Aboudara-Robertson of Kayak Napa Valley and Bob Arwine, Master Fly Fisherman, will speak.

Discussions will follow.

Everyone is welcome.

Please join us to celebrate the life of Jim Hench, 1929-2014.

April 19, 2014 Leave a comment

When: May 4, 2014, 2pm – 4pm
Where: Napa River Inn — Plaza

Please join us to celebrate the life of Jim Hench, 1929-2014 and the 20th anniversary of FONR. Jim was one of the founding board members of Friends of the Napa River.

We loved him as the man to take you out on the river, by canoe or kayak, from the wetlands in American Canyon to the headwaters in Calistoga.


Kayakers who want to paddle to the event please contact

Preserving Natural Napa: Friends of the Napa River

March 30, 2014 Leave a comment

Louisa Hofstader shares a story about the Friends of the Napa River in the
April 2014 edition of “Market Place, Napa Valley Community Magazine”

Preserving Natural Napa: Friends of the Napa River (click to view article)

Dock Dedication 2013-11-24

River activity at the new boat dock in downtown Napa.

Hog Island Cuvée Release & Guest Shucking — Benefit for FONR

March 12, 2014 Leave a comment

Please Join Us To Celebrate

Welcome to new FONR board member Tracy Krumpen

March 12, 2014 Leave a comment
Please join us in welcoming Tracy Krumpen as a new member of the board of directors of Friends of the Napa River!

Senator Lois Wolk tours the Napa River

Senator Lois Wolk (2nd from left) touring the Napa River; Tracy Krumpen on the right.

Tracy will bring her experience as State Senator Lois Wolk’s senior field representative to Friends. She worked previously as Senator Noreen Evans’ district representative in Vallejo and Napa.
We are looking forward to Tracy’s active participation in our efforts to protect, restore, sensibly develop and celebrate our Napa River and its watershed.

Jim Hench 1929 – 2014

March 6, 2014 1 comment

Friends mourn the loss of Jim Hench

Jim Hench was one of the founding board members of Friends of the Napa River. He will be sorely missed with his intimate knowledge of the river’s wildlife, topography and hydrology. But mostly he was known to be the man to take you out on the river, by canoe or kayak, from the wetlands in American Canyon to the headwaters in Calistoga.  We are all very, very sad for this loss of a friend.

Thanks to Janelle Wetzstein who reported compassionately in the Napa Valley Register of February 28, 2014:

“Local residents are mourning the loss of Jim Hench, Napa River aficionado and protector, who died Friday after a seven-year battle with cancer. He celebrated his 85th birthday on Jan. 23.

Hench was known for helping to found Friends of the Napa River — a grassroots nonprofit started in 1994 that was dedicated to transforming the Napa River into a flood-protected environmental asset.

Most notably, in 1998, Hench’s advocacy helped pass Measure A — a countywide half-cent sales tax that funded the local share of flood and environmental projects in Napa County.”


So many fond memories of Jim:


oxbow126IMG_8161Jim & Jonathan 2002

FONR seeks high energy, self- starter executive for part-time management position

March 2, 2014 Leave a comment

February 20, 2014
The Friends of the Napa River, Inc., an environmental non-profit, seeks high energy, self-starter executive for part-time management position.

  • Management and growth of all-volunteer Board of Directors. Work with Board to assist in driving our mission, friend-raising, and fundraising.
  • Fund development of private donors and grants; grant writing.
  • Financial management including budgeting, financial controls, and doing more with less.
  • Public relations, marketing, and advocacy out in the community driving our mission and goals.
  • Volunteer management including day-to-day tasks as well as event direction and coordination.
  • Knowledge of 21st century internet and social media / web 2.0 savviness.

Required skills, attributes and education:

  • Bachelor’s degree. 5 or more years of work experience preferred.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Outstanding  interpersonal  and  diplomatic  skills;  ability  to  build  trust  and  build  rapport  with  a  broad range of people. Friendly, outgoing and professional demeanor.
  • Maturity of judgment, high degree of integrity and discretion, high degree of self-motivation and taking initiative.
  • Ability  to  work  well  in  a  small,  entrepreneurial  setting,  taking  on  multiple  tasks  and  adapting  as  our needs and priorities change.
  • Ability to work in an organization that requires collaboration with like-minded organizations.

Part  time  position  averaging  twenty  five  (25)  hours  per  week  with  salary  compensation  depending  on experience. Stipends for cell phone, gas allowance, and partial health may be considered. Our expectation is that the individual will work from his / her own home with significant amount of time out in the community.

How to Apply:
Please submit a resume, cover letter, three professional references, and a specific outline describing why you are  the  ideal  person  to  lead  the  Friends’  organization.  Review  of  applications  will  begin  immediately  but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. All replies will be held in complete confidence.

Please send by email to: NapaEnviroED@Gmail.com.

Only  responses  to  the  above  email  address  will  be  considered.  Please  do  not  contact  individual  Board members.

ED Ad and Job Description 2-20-14


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