Invasive Plant Task Force - James River Park System

Great Shiplock Park/Chapel Island Study Area

Great Siplock Park/Chapel Island Study Area Map

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Study area summary

The Great Shiplock Park/Chapel Island study area includes approximately 11.4 acres of park land and was divided into four management units of various sizes. The lead organization for the baseline study of this park section was the James River Association. The task force field team in this study area identified a total of 18 invasive plant species across all management units, including:

  • 8 species ranked with high invasiveness;
  • 7 species ranked with medium invasiveness; and,
  • 3 species ranked with low invasiveness.

Nearly all management units were observed with greater than 75 percent cover (Cover Class 5) of invasive plants, and each had a prevalence of highly invasive shrubs and vines. Management Unit 1 was slightly different that other management units, in that Amur honeysuckle and English ivy were the two primary components of the invasive plant community. In Management Unit 2, 3 and 4, Chinese privet and Japanese honeysuckle were the two primary components of the invasive plant community, in addition to occasional dominance of ground ivy and Japanese hop.

The native plant community in the Great Shiplock Park/Chapel Island study area includes native tree species typically found in JRPS floodplain communities. While limited information was gathered during the baseline study, tree species such as red maple, sweet gum, loblolly pine, willow oak, river birch, American sycamore, tulip tree, ironwood, and paw paw are all likely to exist within this section of park. Other native plants likely include spicebush, blackhaw, bladdernut, wingstem, Virginia creeper, deertongue, river oats, grapvines (Vitis spp.), greenbrier (Smilax spp.), and poison ivy.

ยป Phase One Baseline Study Data Summary (PDF)

Updates from the study area

None at this time.