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

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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.

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

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

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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.


Meet Your Team! for Invasive Plants – July 15, 2020

Blue Ridge PRISM hosted this virtual event to connect landowners to partners. The following organizations gave a short presentation on the services they offer to help landowners to address invasive plants.


Encouraging and Planting Natives Following Invasive Removal – April 22, 2020

Two case studies were presented with the focus on encouraging native plants following removal/control of invasive plants.

Stokes Farm’s Woodland Restoration

A case study from guest speaker Phil Stokes.  Phil is a board member/treasurer and heads the Building and Grounds Committee at Charlottesville’s Ivy Creek Natural Area, serves on the Jefferson Chapter Virginia Native Plant Society Board, and is an active member of the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards.

Invasives Gone! Really??  What Should I Plant Now?

A discussion of how to determine which plants are appropriate to be planted on your site by Jim Hurley from the PRISM Leadership Team.  Jim is a Master Naturalist, Tree Steward, a member of the Virginia Noxious Weed Advisory Committee, and a Board member of the Virginia Native Plant Society.


Winter Activities For Invasive Control – January 15, 2020

The Blue Ridge PRISM hosted a panel to discuss a practical “To Do” list for the cold winter months and answer questions relating to plant and season-specific challenges.


Panel Members:
– William Hamersky – Blue Ridge PRISM Leadership Team & Charlottesville Area Tree Steward
– Jim Hurley – Blue Ridge PRISM Leadership Team & Area Steward
– Nicola McGoff – Director and Aquatic Ecologist – Wild Ginger Field Services
– Brian Morse – Certified Wildlife Biologist – Virginia Forestry & Wildlife Group
– David Powell – Senior Area Forester – Virginia Department of Forestry

VIEW THE RECORDING – Winter Activities for Invasive Control