It matters to them
See how these James River Park dwellers are affected by invasive plants.
- The zebra swallowtail cannot reproduce without Spicebush and Sassafras which are its “host plants.”
- Chelone glabra, a showy native plant with white blooms, is being crowded out of its favorite damp haunts by invasive species.
- Spotted salamanders depend on healthy forests and vernal pools for shelter and breeding.
Love the park? Here's a chance to help
Invasive plants are non-native species capable of overtaking natural communities, and many of them are endangering the James River Park System (JRPS). Invasive species can dramatically alter natural ecosystems by decreasing biodiversity (the variety of life in the world or in a particular habitat or ecosystem). They can be aggressive and can crowd out native plants, increase tree mortality, alter soil composition, and reduce habitat, including food sources, for native birds, mammals, amphibians and insects.
See what JRPS and other local organizations are doing about it and how you can help – at your home or business or by volunteering in the park.
See where invasives impact the James River
Cheers for our Volunteers!
March 10, 2017
The Task Force held several events to mark National Invasive Species Awareness Week that did just that: raising public awareness of the consequences to our park system of dense invasions of invasive herbaceous plants, vines, shrubs, and trees. The perpetually green carpets and tree-topping masses of wintercreeper and English Ivy and the pale green early … Continue reading Cheers for our Volunteers! Read more
5 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP
March 3, 2017
Written by Meg Turner Invasive plants can wreak havoc in your garden, and can also do damage in your neighbors’ yards and beyond, aggressively spreading by runners and by seed disbursal through air or wildlife. As the James River Park System Invasive Plant Task Force works to eradicate invasive species from the James River Park … Continue reading 5 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP Read more
Free a Tree!
March 2, 2017
Written by Madge Bemiss English ivy (Hedera Helix) is an aggressive garden ground cover, but when allowed to grow vertically, its thick evergreen vines will actually choke and strangle trees. As ivy climbs in search of increased light, it engulfs and kills branches by blocking light from reaching the host tree’s leaves. Branch die back … Continue reading Free a Tree! Read more