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Volunteers Aim to Beat Back Invasive Assault

Andy Thompson

February 26, 2018 12:19pm

Invasive vines strangle trees at Huguenot Flatwater.

Reporter Colleen Curran has a nice feature in today’s Times-Dispatch about volunteer efforts to rein in the many invasive species that constantly encroach on the James River Park System’s urban wilderness. It is National Invasive Species Awareness Week, as we detailed here last week, and the Friends of the James River Park kicked things off yesterday with a volunteer event — about 50 people showed up — at Pony Pasture Park.

“We have this beautiful park, but it’s sick. Invasive species has become an urgent problem,” Mary Wickham, who heads up the invasive plant task force for the James River Park, told Curran.

Click here to check out the rest of the article. There are volunteer events organized by different groups every day this week. Click here to learn more.

About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?