Invasive Plant Task Force - James River Park System

Belle Island Study Area

Belle Island Study Area Map

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Study area summary

The Belle Isle study area includes approximately 57.4 acres of park land and was divided into six management units of various sizes. The lead organization for the baseline study of this park section was the Richmond Tree Stewards. The task force field team in this study area identified a total of 26 invasive plant species across all management units, including:

  • 13 species ranked with high invasiveness;
  • 8 species ranked with medium invasiveness; and,
  • 5 species ranked with low invasiveness.

Of these, six invasive plant species with high invasiveness are considered dominant components of the overall forest community within one or more management units, including tree-of heaven, Chinese privet, Amur honeysuckle, Chinese lespedeza, Johnson grass (Sorgum halepense), and Japanese honeysuckle. Plants with low or medium invasiveness also found as dominants included mimosa, white mulberry (Morus alba), ground ivy, and English ivy.

The native plant community was also documented by the task force volunteers within Belle Island study area. Native species identified are representative of natural forest communities found along the James River floodplain, including canopy trees such as hackberry, red maple, tulip tree, American beech, eastern cottonwood, American sycamore, river birch, black walnut, box elder, and silver maple. Vegetation in understory strata (i.e., shrubs, herbs, and vines) can include spicebush, paw paw, pokeweed, sunflower, wood nettle, trumpet creeper, poison ivy, roundleaf greenbrier, muscadine, and Virginia creeper.

ยป Phase One Baseline Study Data Summary (PDF)

Updates from the study area

None at this time.