Join us as we celebrate The Downstream Project‘s founder and board president, George Ohrstrom II, who will be honored by Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains at its annual Celebration of the Mountains, November 5, in Round Hill, Va. George will receive a special “Friend of the Mountain” award for his decades-long commitment to the Shenandoah Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
In addition to his leadership of The Downstream Project, George is a co-chair of the Piedmont Environmental Council, a founder and president of Friends of the Shenandoah River, and a longtime supporter of conservation groups like Virginia Working Landscapes, the Shenandoah Riverkeeper, and The Opequon Watershed. George is also a past chairman and board member of the Clarke County Conservation Easement Authority, which has preserved nearly 10,000 acres in Clarke County through conservation easements.
George founded The Downstream Project in 2007 with the production of a feature-length documentary called Shenandoah, Voices of the River. Since then, Downstream has supported over 80 conservation and watershed nonprofits and government agencies through web development, donor management, video production, graphic arts, and creative technology.
“We are delighted to see George honored with the Friend of the Mountain award,“ said The Downstream Project’s executive director, Bill Howard. “George is a conservation superhero and continues to have an incredibly positive impact on our region, a legacy that will benefit generations to come.”
The November 5 event will be held at C’est Bon at 6 Loudoun Street, Round Hill, 5–7:30 pm. Tickets and details are available on the Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains website.
(Photo courtesy of Peter Ralston)