Age Minimum (with Adult): 15+, Minimum Age:18+, Skills: Gardening / Landscape Knowledge, Land Conservancy Knowledge, Court Ordered Volunteer - Allowed
Invasive Species Management - Identification
In our efforts to conserve the last parcel of wilderness in the Hoffler Creek watershed, we are currently focused on identifying, removing, and preventing invasive species throughout the Wildlife Preserve. With 142 acres to manage, this is a long term project that will require multiple phases of work and emphasis on one area at a time.
The first location we are working with is along the lake edge of the Lake Ballard Trail. Some invasive species we have found are English Ivy (Hedera helix), Chinese Privet (Ligustrum sinense), Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica), Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin), White Mulberry (Morus alba), Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora), and Chinese Lespedeza (Lespedeza cuneata). We are working on creating a more comprehensive list and identification guide to assist with this project.
This opportunity specifically will involve the identification and flagging of the invasive species so that they can be easily removed by other volunteers. There is a seperate opportunity available for those interested in helping with removal.
- Familiarity with the above listed plants and other invasive species commonly found in Southeast Virginia
- The ability to identify plants (native and non-native) without additional training
- Experience with invasive plant management strategies
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