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Invasive Species Awareness Week Improves Park Experience
Members of the JRPS Invasive Plant Task Force, along with local business and volunteer groups, worked throughout the Park to mitigate the impact of invasive species. Activities included species identification instruction, watching goats munch, botanist-guided nature walks and hands-on plant removal.
Thanks to these non-profit groups for sponsoring activities during the week:
- James River Association
- Riverine Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists
- James River Hikers
- Richmond Tree Stewards
And a special shout out to these local businesses whose combined volunteer efforts totaled almost 200 man-hours
- Manchester Gardeners (42nd Street)
- James River Nursery (Belle Isle)
- John Richmond Landscaping (Reedy Creek)
- Terra Forma Landscaping (Chapel Island)
The Park also received a $10,000 grant from Universal Leaf Foundation and a $9,400 grant from the Va. Department of Forestry to support the restoration of native species to the Park.