Quarterly Meetings

Blue Ridge PRISM quarterly meetings are free and open to all. Each meeting features a special interest topic as well as a short update on PRISM activities.

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

Watch the recording:

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 Helpers – July 15, 2020

At this online event, the following organizations gave a short presentation on the services they offer to landowners in the fight against non-native invasive plants:

  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Virginia Department of Forestry
  • Cooperative Extension
  • Piedmont Environmental Council
  • Virginia Native Plant Society
  • Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Solitude Lake Management


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 non-native invasive plants.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
Presentation Links

Phil Stokes – Woodland Restoration.

Jim Hurley – Invasives Gone! Really?  What should I plant now?

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 – VA Department of Forestry


Safe Use of Herbicides – October 16, 2019

The Blue Ridge PRISM hosted a panel of experts to answer all questions relating to the safe use of herbicides.

View Presentation Here

Biocontrols for Ailanthus (Tree-of-Heaven) – January 16, 2019

The Blue Ridge PRISM hosted Rachel Brooks, Ph.D. candidate at Virginia Tech, who is researching an exciting biocontrol for Ailanthus altissima. Please see below to download the PowerPoint presentation.

Rachel Brooks Presentation

Herbicide Panel Discussion – July 18, 2018

The Blue Ridge PRISM hosted an herbicide panel discussion at Ivy Creek Natural Area in Charlottesville. The full audio of the panel can be found below.

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Part 2:

PRISM Meeting – April 19, 2018

Blue Ridge PRISM PowerPoint Presentation,  Rod Simmons’ PowerPoint Presentation, and Charles Smith’s Powerpoint Presentation.
The full audio of Rod and Charles’ presentations can be found below.

The question and answer portion of the meeting can be found below.

PRISM Meeting – January 25, 2018

Meeting Minutes, PRISM Powerpoint, and Rachel Brooks’ Ailanthus Powerpoint Presentation.

Landowner Panel Discussion – October 18, 2017

Meeting Minutes and Powerpoint.
Below is the full audio file from the Landowner Discussion Panel on October 18, 2017.

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Part 2:

PRISM Meeting – July 22, 2017

Meeting Minutes and Powerpoint

PRISM Meeting – November 2, 2016

Meeting Minutes

PRISM Meeting – July 20, 2016

Meeting Minutes

PRISM Meeting – May 9, 2016

Meeting Minutes