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.
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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
Conservation Grant from the Richmond Audubon Society
January 19, 2017
Special thanks to the Richmond Audubon Society, who is providing a $500 conservation grant to support the purchase and planting of native plants for Pony Pasture in the James River Park System. These native plants will replace invasive species that have been removed and will benefit bird species by providing much needed food and cover. … Continue reading Conservation Grant from the Richmond Audubon Society Read more
80 new trees, shrubs, and grasses
December 20, 2016
On December 14th, the Riverine chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists, the James River Association, and the James River Park System collaborated on a restoration planting. A great group of community volunteers joined in the fun. “Many hands make light work” goes the old adage and enthusiastic volunteers proved it when they quickly planted 80 native grasses, … Continue reading 80 new trees, shrubs, and grasses Read more
Wintercreeper on the Run at Pony Pasture entrance
December 12, 2016
If you’re visiting the Pony Pasture section of the park system this fall and winter, keep an eye out for our work underway near the entrance (to your left as you approach the rapids). The Riverine chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists (a founding and lead member of the JRPS Invasive Plant Task Force) has … Continue reading Wintercreeper on the Run at Pony Pasture entrance Read more