Invasive Plant Task Force - James River Park System

Reedy Creek to Lee Bridge Study Area

Reedy Creek to Lee Bridge Study Area Map

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Study area summary

The Reedy Creek to Lee Bridge study area includes approximately 45.8 acres of park land and was divided into four management areas of various sizes. The lead organization for the baseline study of this park section was the Friends of James River Park. The task force field team in this study area identified a total of 23 invasive plant species across all management units, including:

  • 11 species ranked with high invasiveness;
  • 8 species ranked with medium invasiveness; and,
  • 4 species ranked with low invasiveness.

Of these, three invasive plant species with high invasiveness are considered dominant components of the overall forest community (i.e., greater than 20 percent cover) within one or more management units, including tree-of-heaven, Chinese privet, and multiflora rose. More importantly, English ivy (a vine with medium invasiveness) had the highest abundance recorded of any species and was identified in Management Units 1, 2, and 3 at greater than 50 percent cover (Cover Class 4 or 5), reflecting its ability to be highly invasive locally. When combined with the results showing of dominant privet and multiflora rose, the overall percent cover for these management units was included in Cover Class 4 and 5 as well.

Native species identified across all management units include canopy trees such as tulip tree, American beech, white oak, and northern red oak, loblolly pine, and Virginia pine. Smaller saplings and shrubs in the understory can include any of these canopy species, as well as spicebush, paw paw, flowering dogwood, serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea), deerberry (Vaccinium stamineum), and mountain laurel. Other native species in the herbaceous and vine strata include river oats (Chasmanthium latifolium), roundleaf greenbrier, Christmas fern, lady fern (Athyrium asplenioides), deertongue grass (Dichanthelium clandestinum), and mild water pepper (Persicaria hydropiperoides). 

» Phase One Baseline Study Data Summary (PDF)

Updates from the study area

None at this time.