Blue Ridge PRISM Quarterly Meetings

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Blue Ridge PRISM Quarterly Meetings are free and open to everyone. Each meeting offers a short update on PRISM activities followed by guest speaker(s) or panel discussion on an invasive plant topic. Meetings are held during the Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.

Homegrown National Park with Doug Tallamy – October 18, 2022

Blue Ridge PRISM was pleased to welcome Dr. Doug Tallamy to speak at our Fall Meeting.

Simply Stiltgrass – July 20, 2022

Jake Hughes of Shenandoah National Park and Jim Hurley of Blue Ridge PRISM give and overview of Japanese stiltgrass including its identification, ecology, control measures and management strategies.

Invasive Plants, Pollinators and Herbicides – April 21, 2022

How do invasive plants and herbicides affect native pollinators? Join us for our spring quarterly meeting when we welcome guest speaker Celia Vuocolo, Private Lands Biologist with Quail Forever. Celia will discuss how invasive plants affect our native pollinators, including bees and butterflies. Joining her will be Blue Ridge PRISM’s program director Beth Mizell who will explore the exposure pathways of herbicides and how they affect pollinators. They will also cover strategies on how to mitigate the possible impacts of herbicides to pollinators during invasive plant management.

Celia Vuocolo is an experienced wildlife conservation professional with a focus on community based conservation, private land stewardship and protection, outreach and education, and watershed scale restoration initiatives. She has a special interest in bobwhite quail, grassland bird and native pollinator restoration work on private lands.

Prior to joining Blue Ridge PRISM, Beth Mizell was a land steward with The Nature Conservancy for 14 years caring for natural areas and restoring rare natural communities. She is a Level 1 Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional and holds a license as a Virginia commercial pesticide applicator.

Learn more: Invasive Plants,Pollinators & Herbicide Resources includes links to information on invasive impacts to pollinators, pesticide risk to pollinators, and Integrated Vegetation Management.

View the supporting slides: Invasive Plants, Pollinators and Herbicides

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Winter Invasive Control Activities – January 5, 2022

This virtual event featured an expert panel discussing invasive plant control in winter. Blue Ridge PRISM hosted the following invasive plant management experts to answer your questions:

Nicola McGoff, Director, Wild Ginger Field Services

Patti Nylander, Senior Forester, Virginia Department of Forestry

Patricia Greenberg, Invasive Management Area (IMA) Program Manager, Fairfax County Park Authority

Read Winter Control Activities Notes and Resources -herbicides, answered questions, and other resources from the discussion

View the supporting slides: Invasive Plant Control in the Winter

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Using EDDMaps and Virginia Invasive Mapping Initiative – October 20, 2021

Our featured speaker, Rebekah Wallace of the University of Georgia’s Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health (aka Bugwood), joined us for a ‘how-to’ EDDMapS session and to answer your questions about this important invasive species reporting tool.

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 gave 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.

Learn more about the Virginia Invasive Mapping Initiative


Invasive Grasses – July 21, 2021

Blue Ridge PRISM’s Summer Quarterly Meeting focuses on the identification, control, and long-term management of common invasive grasses in Virginia. A brief presentation offering an overview of common invasive grasses is followed by a facilitated discussion and public question/answer session with an expert panel. The panelists have extensive experience in controlling and managing invasive grasses in forests, natural areas, upland pastures and agricultural lands, riparian buffers, restoration areas, and suburban areas.

Blue Ridge PRISM is pleased to have the following invasive management professionals participate on the panel:

Celia Vuocolo – Private Lands Biologist, Quail Forever
Brian Morse – Wildlife Biologist, Virginia Forestry and Wildlife Group
Art Gover – Penn State Wildland Weed Management (ret)
Dr. Jeffrey Derr – Professor of Weed Science, Virginia Tech
William Mays – Farmer, Nelson County

Read Invasive Grasses Meeting Notes and Resources -herbicides, answered questions, and other resources from the discussion

View the slides from the presentation, Invasive Grasses


Research Updates – April 21, 2021

Blue Ridge PRISM was pleased to host Kelsey Huelsman, a PhD student at UVA, who presented some exciting research using drone technology to detect invasive plants. We also welcomed Andrew Rohrbaugh, Botanist with Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry, gave a nice biocontrol roundup. Learn about current biocontrols available and new biocontrols on the horizon. Rod Walker with Blue Ridge PRISM will give a program update and a brief review of spotted lanternfly in Virginia.


Winter Control Activities – January 28, 2021

This virtual event featured an expert panel discussing invasive plant control in winter.


Forest Health Update | Spotted Lanternfly| Wavyleaf Grass – October 21, 2020

An update on the Spotted Lanternfly was given by Mark Sutphin from Virginia Cooperative Extension. Caitlin Dewitt provided an overview of forest pests from the Department of Forestry, and Jim Hurley of PRISM gave an update on wavyleaf basketgrass control efforts in the region.