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Charlottesville Nature and Environment

A new list from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation has identified 87 non-native invasive plant species in Virginia www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural_heritage/documents/nh-invasive-plant-list-2014.pdf.   These invasive plants affect everyone, from the government, to the farmer, to the homeowner.  The United States has seen a $34 billion yearly economic loss due to these invasive plants.   They have a negative effect on natural areas, parks, forest land, farms, yards, as well as wildlife habitat and our ecosystem.  

According to an article in the Richmond Times Dispatch, the DCR, “… used a risk-assessment protocol to determine an invasiveness rank for each species listed. If they are discovered in Virginia, the goal for these species is eradication to prevent their establishment and spread. People who spot these in Virginia should notify DCR.” 

The plants on this list can be aggressive in your yard or nearby natural areas, and unfortunately, can actually replace plants that are native to Virginia.  These invasive plants tend to grow quickly, copiously produce seed, germinate and colonize, and are difficult and costly to remove and/or control.  Kudzu is an invasive plant that has taken over many natural areas of land in Virginia.

Whether you’re a farmer, landscaper, or homeowner, this list will help you identify the list of non-native invasive plants to keep away from your land.

For more information, please visit:

Virginia Invasive Species Working Group: www.vainvasivespecies.org

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation – Natural Heritage Program: www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural_heritage/invspinfo.shtml

National Invasive Species Awareness Week:  www.nisaw.org

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Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Course

by Sue on November 5, 2014

Gardening From SeedlingsJanuary 19-23,2015
Newport News Marriot at City Center

The Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Shortcourse produced by The Virginia Horticulture Foundation is nationally recognized annual training for individuals in the green industries! Register by November 21, 2014 and receive early bird discounts! For more information please visit the Mid Atlantic Horticulture website.

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Federal and Virginia State Duck Stamps

by Staff October 4, 2014

If you want to hunt for any kind of water birds, duck, geese etc … you will be required to first have a Federal Duck Stamp.  It will be the ‘conservation’ type that allows hunting of migratory birds.  These Duck Stamps can be found at licensed locations which include the USPS Post Offices, so that should make [...]

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Gas Pipelines Across Virginia

by Staff June 22, 2014

Recently we wrote about a Spectra Energy proposed gas pipeline that would cross central Virginia north-to-south across Culpeper to Buckingham counties.  If all goes as they plan, it could be operating as soon as 2018.  According to reports from the DOT there are approximately 2,000 miles of these high pressure lines already in VA.   A high-pressure line [...]

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Gas Pipeline Through Virginia

by Staff June 20, 2014

In Virginia, both buyers and sellers of real estate should be aware of the locations of a proposed gas pipeline that would run north/south throughout the middle of the state on its way from West Virginia to North Carolina.   The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) has published information that says landowners in areas that might be impacted [...]

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Virginians Address Gas Extraction Guidelines

by Staff June 6, 2014

This week an advisory group met in Richmond to discuss possible responses to an energy company’s plans to extract natural gas from Virginia’s rock and shale by a method known as fracking.  This drilling method uses water, sand, and chemicals put into the earth to free the natural gas layers.  Environmentalists have expressed their concerns because at [...]

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