Warning Issued About Invasive Species

February 26 to March 3 is National Invasive Species Awareness Week, and the Northern Neck Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society is urging local private landowners to take action. Here’s what you need to know: Invasive species are aggressive non-native plants that spread rapidly, displace native species, and disrupt ecosystems. To combat this, property owners are encouraged to survey their land for invasive plant species and begin the removal process. Plant identification apps like Picture This or Seek by iNaturalist can help identify invasive plants. Fact sheets for identification and control are available from the Department of Conservation and Recreation. Notable invasives in the area include English Ivy, Japanese Stiltgrass, Japanese Honeysuckle, and Phragmites. If we all work together, we can keep our environment resilient and healthy!