A Talk by Patrick Whitehouse, Fairfax County Park Authority
Green Spring Gardens
4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA 22312
Thursday, March 14
7:30 – 9 pm
VNPS programs are free and open to the public.
No reservations are necessary for lectures
FMN members: Earn one hour CE
Invasive plants are non-native species that degrade our natural ecosystems. They can tolerate a wide range of habitats, generate many offspring, mature quickly and spread. They out-compete native species, reducing or eliminating them. This can lead to fewer native birds and wildlife.
Please join the Potowmack Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society for a talk by Patrick Whitehouse, an ecologist for the Resource Management Division for the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) who will discuss non-native plant identification and control, as well as information on the Invasive Management Program at Fairfax County Park Authority. Patrick has worked for the FCPA first as a naturalist, then as an ecologist, earning his bachelor’s degree in Forest Management from West Virginia University.
Habitat restoration such as the Invasive Management Area (IMA) project can support the success of native plant species. The IMA Project began in 2006 and now manages more than 35 acres in Fairfax County. The Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) program is another county effort that finds new invasive species through surveys, then eradicates them before they cause harm. This data on invasive species is tracked across the county. Fairfax County offers many resources about invasive plants to the general public including a pamphlet entitled Invasive Forest Plants
and a booklet entitled, Non-native invasive ID and control https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/sites/parks/files/assets/documents/naturalcultural/non-native-invasive-id-control-booklet.pdf