Since 2014 Anne Wright—along with students and volunteers—has been pulling English ivy vines from the forest floor along a section of the Buttermilk Trail west of the 42nd Street parking lot.
As with other invasive species, research shows that mature thickets of Amur honeysuckle change soil chemistry, favoring increased spread of invasive species. And that’s just the beginning.
Laura Greenleaf is a Certified Virginia Master Naturalist and the co-founder of our Invasive Plant Task Force. Thanks to her work (and the work of our many volunteers!) we can uproot nuisance plants and allow our native plants to thrive!
There’s a quote out there about the power of a group. It alludes to the fact that one person doing something small may not make a difference, but a lot of people, each doing that small thing, can exact a colossal change.
Many of the invasive plant species occurring in the park established themselves decades ago and others are rapidly catching up. In the case of newcomers, we have the chance to intervene—so long as we recognize the threat.
The James River Park System is seeking a part time Invasive Species Coordinator to lead volunteers in Native Habitat Restoration.