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Invasive Plant Removal Day Arrives

From Fairfax County Park Authority:

 

To mark the Fourth Annual Invasive Plant Removal Day the Fairfax County Park Authority is seeking volunteers with a passion for the environment to help remove non-native plants from local parks on Saturday, May 7, 2011. Volunteer site leaders from the Invasive Management Area (IMA) program will lead groups at eight parks located throughout the county.

Invasive Plant Removal Day is a great event for civic groups, faith organizations, families, and local businesses looking to make a positive difference in their communities, and a good place for students and scouts to earn service hours.

Choose a site and register by calling 703-324-8681.

Annandale Park, 9 a.m. to noon

Falstaff Park, 9 a.m. to noon

Nottoway Park, 9 a.m. to noon

Holmes Run Stream Valley, 9 a.m. to noon

Pohick Stream Valley, 10 a.m. to noon

Rutherford Park, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Rocky Run Stream Valley, 9 a.m. to noon

Woodglen Lake, 9 a.m. to noon

Over 300 invasive plant species have been reported in Fairfax County. Invasive species are nonnative species that cause ecological or economic harm. They mature quickly, generate many offspring, and are tolerant of many habitats. These characteristics allow them to out-compete native species for the same resources. Reduced populations of native plants can result in fewer native birds and wildlife.

IMA is a community-based project designed to reduce invasive plants on parkland. This unique, volunteer-led program enables community members to help protect the plants and wildlife of Fairfax County's forests by manually removing undesirable non-native, invasive plants and returning native plants to the habitat.

For more information contact Kathy Frederick or 703-324-8681. Learn more about IMA online. For a list of non-native invasive plants, visit the Virginia Master Naturalists.

 

 

 

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