Archive for the ‘Invasive Species Removal’ Category

Kermit the Frog might argue the point, but it is easy being green if you one of the evergreen, non-native, invasive shrubs or vines.  These plants seize every opportunity to sprout and grow in urban soils that have been disturbed and aggressively replace our native species.  The invasive vines are especially destructive since they cover other plants and can climb trees.

These plants appear in your yard, the alley behind your house or your favorite park primarily because birds eat the fruit and then spread the seed, but please don’t get the idea that we should allow them to grow for feeding the birds!  Birds need much more than the fruit from just a few species.  They also need caterpillars which non-native plants do not support.  (Yes, we do need caterpillars chomping on our leaves if we are to have birds!)   Read more about native plants and diversity here:  To Feed the Birds, First Feed the Bugs.

It’s easy to spot these green plants now in our dormant landscapes,  especially the English ivy on trees all over town.  Take a look around your yard to see if you have any of the plants below.  If so,  please begin to take steps to remove them.  Your actions will have benefits that reach far beyond your yard and far into the future.

While you’re working please do preserve our evergreen native species –  American holly, eastern red cedar, partridge berry (if your lucky enough to find some) and others. Our native species, when present in variety and abundance, will support a complex ecosystem which will in turn support us.

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The Reedy Creek Coalition and Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay are hosting a volunteer opportunity to remove invasive plants from Forest Hill Park on Saturday, March 9, from 9:00 am – noon.   Where to meet: The main parking lot at Forest Hill Park (42nd and New Kent Ave.), near the first shelter.

Invasive plants such as English ivy, Japanese honeysuckle, and Oriental bittersweet crowd out native vegetation and destroy critical habitat.  We will specifically work to remove these invaders from the area between the Stone House and main parking lot that was planted with trees in 2006.  (See photo below.)

tree planted area

Overall, the tree planting has been a great success with many of the trees now over 15 feet tall.    However, some troubling patches of English ivy and Japanese honeysuckle have appeared as well as some invasive shrubs and trees such as privet and Bradford pear.

Please join us in maintaining this critical new habitat so wildlife as well as future generations of park users can enjoy it.  Further details and directions for registration are available by clicking here.

And if you are participating in the Forest Hill 5K, please join us at the end of the race.  Removing invasive plants is a great way to stretch and cool down after a long run!  Any amount of time you can devote to removing invasive plants will be most appreciated by all.

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All park and garden weekend warriors, please come to Forest Hill Park on Saturday, May 7th, to fight against the encroaching invaders that are taking our trees hostage and choking out our native plants.

Come armed with garden gloves, pruners and loppers, whatever you have in your arsenal.  Wear camouflage (i.e., long pants and long sleeves) to outwit the stealthy Poison Ivy.  We’re going to be attacking our arch enemy, English Ivy – it’s been taking over for years now and we’ve had enough.

Meet at command center, the Stone House,  in Forest Hill Park at 12 noon on Saturday, May 7th.  Your generals will deliver your mission and your own patch of earth will be given to you then.  Stay as long or as little as you like.  The mission should be accomplished by 2  PM.  Refreshments provided.

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The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and Reedy Creek Coalition are looking for volunteers!

Volunteers Removing Ivy at Big Tree in Crooked Branch Ravine

Interested in helping the native habitat of a local park?  Come help us remove invasive species — mostly English Ivy — so that native plants can thrive.   We’ll be working in Crooked Branch Ravine Park, in Southside Richmond, just upstream from Forest Hill Park.  We’ll also do a little trash clean-up while we are there.

Join us for a day of fun and rewarding work!

When:  Saturday, March 12th, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (with a break for lunch).

Where:  Meet at the Stone House at Forest Hill Park.   We will then carpool to Crooked Branch.

What to Bring:  Please pack a lunch, bring your work gloves, and wear sturdy shoes.  Long pants and long sleeves are recommended.  Pruners and trash bags will be provided.

To volunteer please contact:  Anna Mathis at amathis@allianceforthebay.org or Jess Barton at jbarton@cbf.org.

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Crooked Branch Ravine Park – Richmond, Virginia

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and Chesapeake Bay Foundation are gathering student volunteers to complete a service project during part of their Spring Break. We would like anyone else who is interested to join us!

Invasive species removal and stream and park clean-ups are needed at Crooked Branch Ravine Park – on the Southside Richmond, just upstream from Forest Hill Park.

Join us for a day of fun and rewarding work!

When: Thursday, March 11th 10:00 – 3:00 (with break for lunch)
Where: Crooked Branch Ravine Park (directions will be sent to volunteers)

To volunteer please contact: Anna Mathis at amathis@acb-online.org or 804-775-0951.

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