managing invasive plants in hanover, virginiaManaging invasive plants in Virginia is crucial for preserving the state’s native ecosystems and biodiversity. Invasive plants have the potential to outcompete native species for resources such as sunlight, water, and nutrients, leading to a decline in native plant populations.

This disruption can have cascading effects on the entire ecosystem, impacting wildlife habitat, soil health, and even water quality. Additionally, invasive plants can pose significant economic costs, such as reducing agricultural productivity and increasing expenses for landowners and managers tasked with controlling their spread.

By actively managing invasive plants through strategies like monitoring, control efforts, and public education, Virginia can protect its natural heritage and ensure the long-term health of its ecosystems for future generations.

The resources below will help you identify and manage the invasive plants on your property.  Remember if you have questions, you can contact our help desk.

Invasive Resource Guide

Invasive Species and Their Management – Resources

National Invasive Species Information Center (USDA) 

Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health – University of Georgia

North American Invasive Species Management Association – (membership-based) 

*Webinars are accessible  here on the NAISMA YouTube channel

Field Guide to Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas, Field Guide 

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation – Natural Heritage Program

Virginia Department of Forestry  (Includes specific resources for controlling Tree of Heaven)

Recommended resources for individual species:stiltgrass

Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) – Penn State Extension

Chinese privet – Alabama A&M and Auburn Extension 

English ivy, manual removal – Rod Simmons, Natural Resource Specialist, City of Alexandria 

Field Guide to the Identification of Japanese Stiltgrass (w/ lookalike comparisons)

Japanese Stiltgrass – Penn State Extension

Thank you to Laura Greenleaf, Invasive Plant Management Coordinator for the James River Park System, for providing these resources. (February, 2024)

Invasive Plant Management | Webinar May 12th, 2023

Dr. Laurie Fox and Ed Olsen’s presentation on invasive plant management and answer questions on the topic. This presentation will be available as a MG resource after the webinar.