Texas Beach/North Bank Trail Study Area
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Study area summary
The Texas Beach/North Bank Trail study area includes approximately 77.3 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 Virginia Commonwealth University. The task force field team in this study area identified a total of 23 invasive plant species across all management units, including:
- 12 species ranked with high invasiveness;
- 9 species ranked with medium invasiveness; and,
- 2 species ranked with low invasiveness.
The data from the baseline study indicates that this study area some of the heaviest invasive plant infestations within the JRPS. Nearly all of the management units were recorded with greater than 75 percent cover (Cover Class 5) of highly invasive vine species, including Oriental bittersweet, English ivy, and Japanese honeysuckle. In addition, all the management units were recorded with greater than 50 percent cover (Cover Class 4) of Chinese privet; and, several management units had dominant populations of other highly invasive shrub species, including Amur honeysuckle and multiflora rose.
While the density of non-native invasive vines within the overall study area limited observation of native species during the baseline study, areas with forested canopy appear to have similar composition to other natural habitats within the JRPS. Dominant canopy trees include species such as red maple, white oak, mockernut hickory (Carya tomentosa), tulip tree, black cherry, and American sycamore. In addition, native vines appear to be occasionally mixed amongst non-native vine populations, and can include grapevines (Vitis spp.) and Virgin’s bower (Clematis virginiana).
Updates from the study area
None at this time.