Join us for our 2018 quarterly meetings!
January 24, 2018 from 12:30 – 3:30
Ivy Creek Natural Area in Charlottesville, VA
Rachel Brooks, PhD candidate at Virginia Tech, will discuss her research on using Verticillium wilt to control tree-of-heaven.
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April 19, 2018 from 1:00 – 4:00
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
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Upcoming Events of Interest
Virginia Association of Forest Health Professionals Conference
January 29 & 30 2018, Staunton VA
Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home Screening
February 11 2018, Charlottesville VA
Piedmont Landscape Association Seminar
February 15 2018, Charlottesville VA
Woods and Wildlife Conference
February 24 2018, Culpepper VA
National Invasive Species Awareness Week
February 26 – March 2 2018, with events in D.C.
Shenandoah Valley Plant Symposium
March 16 2018, Waynesboro VA
Who We Are
The Blue Ridge PRISM (Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management) is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to reducing the negative impact of nonnative invasive plants on the health of the natural and agricultural environment in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Effective invasive plant control is a community and neighborhood issue, because these aggressive plants know no boundaries – flowing water, birds, hikers, vehicles, and animals scatter and spread their seeds like a contagious disease. Steps can be taken to eradicate invasive plants from a park or private property only to have the area rapidly become reinfested from neighboring land. Community-wide action is needed. Through cooperative action, the PRISM aims to enable people to reclaim the Blue Ridge region’s natural heritage and to become stewards of the lands that are our birthright.
The Blue Ridge PRISM is a project of the Shenandoah National Park Trust, which is a 501c3 nonprofit and the fiscal sponsor of the Blue Ridge PRISM.
The Blue Ridge PRISM offers
- Free consultations to landowners to point out and identify the invasives on their properties, and to explain how to control them and how to restore the land.
- Information about how others have treated invasives on their properties and referrals to professional contractors who can do the work.
- Financial assistance from our own grants or referrals to financial assistance from other grants and cost-sharing programs.
- Area steward programs in which PRISM members who are treating invasives on their own properties help their neighbors control those same species. This cooperative program between neighbors creates islands of invasive-free land that protects all participants from reinfestation. As more neighboring properties join the effort, the amount of invasive-free land expands.
- Free factsheets about the most important invasives in our communities and how to control them, along with factsheets on control methods, resources, and other information.
- Alerts about new invasive plants so they can be eradicated with an EDRR (early-detection-rapid-response) process through the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and by our volunteers.
- Website that features factsheets and information about controlling invasive plants with links to additional information and resources.
- Education and outreach programs such as display booths and speaking engagements intended to increase public awareness of the scale of destruction posed by invasive plants.
- Volunteer opportunities for people to join invasive eradication efforts on public and private land, to act as area stewards, and to participate in education and outreach efforts.
- Research results examined and compiled about the latest control measures and best practices for the worst invasives found in the region.
- Communication with state agencies to encourage increased funding for control measures across the state.
The First CWMA in Virginia
The PRISM is the first Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) headquartered in Virginia. There are approximately 100 CWMA’s in the U.S., mostly in the West. As with its western counterparts, the PRISM is a collaborative partnership between individuals and various private and public agencies, who work in a coordinated fashion over a wide geographical area to combat invasive species and to restore native habitats.