Staff, Members and Partners

The Network supports local groups engaged in conservation issues in their communities and works with numerous state and regional partners.


KateWEBKATE WOFFORD, Executive Director

Kate has worked with local communities to protect their land and water resources for more than 15 years. Prior to joining the Shenandoah Valley Network in 2009, Kate was Director of Conservation at the Wood River Land Trust in Sun Valley Idaho. She also worked with woodland owners through Oregon State University’s College of Forestry and as a conservation associate for the Henry’s Fork Foundation in eastern Idaho.

Kate recently returned from a year on extended leave with her family in Monteverde Costa Rica, where she supported the University of Georgia’s carbon-offset reforestation initiative.

A native of upstate South Carolina, Kate is an honors graduate of Washington and Lee University in Lexington and she received a master’s degree in forest science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Science in 2002. Kate now lives in rural Sperryville with her husband Jeb and their two young sons.

ErinERIN SHEHANE, Outreach Coordinator

Erin is a native of Rockingham County and loves our beautiful surroundings here in the Shenandoah Valley. She spent some time in Richmond, VA in the Foodservice Industry but ultimately returned to Harrisonburg VA to attend James Madison University for a degree in Dietetics. Now her passions lie in promoting local foods and agriculture, enhancing water quality and preserving historic resources through her work at Friendly City Food Co-op and Shenandoah Valley Network and the Network’s support of our partners throughout the Shenandoah Valley.



Member Groups

SVN provides resources and assistance to county-level citizen groups working on land protection, land use, and transportation issues within the northern Shenandoah Valley.

Augusta County Alliance
The Augusta County Alliance is dedicated to preserving our rural landscape and economy, our clean air and water, and our abundant wildlife habitat and historic resources. Residents and friends of Augusta County are welcome to join our efforts.

Page County Water Quality Advisory Committee
Citizens, farmers, local officials, planning commission members, state and local organizations working to prevent water pollution, prioritize and address water quality issues, and enhance environmental education in schools and communities in Page County.

Rockingham Community Alliance for Preservation (CAP)
CAP promotes orderly development that strengthens our communities, protects the natural and historic resources, and preserves the rural heritage in Rockingham County.

Scenic 340 Project
Scenic 340 project works to preserve and protect the unique rural character, the natural environment and the heritage of the Route 340 corridor from Front Royal to Waynesboro.

Shenandoah Forum
Shenandoah Forum is a group of Shenandoah County residents who’s mission is to ensure the county remains essentially rural, preserves a healthy environment, promotes a sustainable economy, and provides a high quality of life for the people who live here.


We work with local, state and regional partners to protect natural and historic resources, strengthen the agricultural economy and support rural communities.

Allegheny Blue-Ridge Alliance
Civil War Preservation Trust
Coalition for Smarter Growth
Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition
Friends of the Middle River
Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River
Friends of the Shenandoah
Friends of the Shenandoah Mountain
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Piedmont Environmental Council
Potomac Conservancy
Preservation Virginia
Pure Water Forum
Rail Solution
Rockbridge Area Conservation Council
Scenic 340 Project
Scenic Virginia
Shenandoah Riverkeeper
Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation
Sierra Club Virginia Chapter
Southern Environmental Law Center
The Downstream Project
Trout Unlimited Shenandoah Headwaters Initiative
Valley Conservation Council
Virginia Conservation Network
Virginia League of Conservation Voters
Virginia Organizing Project
Virginia Wilderness Committee
Wild Virginia