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Our mission is to lessen the negative impact of invasive species on both private and public land within 10 counties located in Virginia‚Äôs northern Blue Ridge region. Blue Ridge Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management or PRISM is Virginia’s first Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) and a registered 501(c)(3) public charity.

Announcing Fall Invasive Plant Workshop Dates!

Blue Ridge PRISM will offer a blend of virtual and in-person workshop sessions for Fall 2021.

Introduction to Invasive Plants and Identification – Sept 21 (virtual)

Invasive Plant Control – Sept 23 (virtual)

Charlottesville Field Session – Sept 25 (in-person)

Rappahannock County Park Field Session – Oct 17 (in-person)

Blue Ridge PRISM is pleased to host our Fall Quarterly Meeting on October 20, 11: 30 am – 1:00 pm. Rod Walker, PRISM President and founder, will offer a brief PRISM update. Our featured speaker, Rebekah Wallace of the University of Georgia’s Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health (aka Bugwood), will be joining us for a ‘how-to’ EDDMapS session and to answer your questions about this important invasive species reporting tool. This is a virtual event.

EDDMapS is a suite of applications and programs for reporting, mapping and managing data on invasive species. It is heavily used across the country by conservation organizations and natural lands managers for determining where to direct resources for the control of plants that threaten the health of our ecosystems. Rebekah will give an overview of EDDMapS and how to use this tool on your desktop or smartphone.

While we see many invasive plant species spreading in our parks and other public spaces, documentation of that spread is essential for informing public policy, determining whether an escaped plant is becoming environmentally harmful, public education, and decisions on management and control of invasive plants. Data is sorely lacking. Learn how citizen scientists can report invasive plants using EDDMapS to ensure that invasive plants are better documented in each County of the Commonwealth.