Project date has been changed to January 15th. See new post.
We had intended to have a workday tomorrow, December 15th, but looks like rain for most of the day. The next workday is planned for January 8th. Our focus is to continue removing non-native plants in the area where sheep grazed in the fall. This is important work and hope that you will join us at a workday in 2023.
RVA Goats and Honey for working with us, to TrueTimber for removing two large Ailanthius, and for members of the James River Park Invasive Plant Task Force for their advice and assistance. And thanks to the volunteers who have worked with us in 2022!
Please contact us if you have questions.
Reedy Creek after a summer storm. Most storm water comes from impervious surfaces upstream. Areas like this small park reduce the amount of rain that goes to the stream.
English ivy and other non-native plants before the sheep came.
The sheep are gone, but the job is not finished.
We must save the tree canopy and other native plants. Each has a part in supporting this small ecosystem.
Small plants are quickly covered by ivy, most don’t survive.
Sassafras is just one of the 25 native tree species identified so far.
Small tree seedlings, like this small oak, will grow and thrive in the areas not heavily impacted by non-natives.
This dogwood. is one of the many beautiful trees in the park.
There are lovely shrubs, too. This one is called doghobble
Our beautiful native azalea
Vaccinium species. Blueberries for the critters.
Indian Pipe, a flowering plant that has no chlorophyll , usually seen in June.
Cranefly orchid flowers appear in July
False Solomon’s seal , spring.
Leaf litter is important to many creatures, many of which we don’t see, and creates soil that allows rain water to soak into the ground.
This salamander needs leaf litter and woody tree debris to stay moist.
Cranefly orchid and spotted wintergreen.
Turtles have good habitat in areas that are not heavily impacted by non-native plants
New tree seedlings could sprout here.
An area we have cleared. Native plants are doing well here.