Invasive Plant Control and Restoration: What Do I Do Next?

April 19, 2018 01:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, 1500 Remount Road , Front Royal, Virginia

The Blue Ridge PRISM's April 19 Quarterly Meeting will focus on natural lands restoration following invasive plant treatment. Many of us have wondered, What, if anything, should I do next to continue or improve the health of my land?

In focused presentations followed by extensive audience Q&A, two highly experienced natural lands managers will address:

  • Realistic goals for restoration efforts.
  • Planning methodologies for achieving chosen goals.
  • Examples of functional and dysfunctional restoration projects.
  • Should I plant something or leave it alone?
  • If I plant something, what should be my guide?


Rod Simmons

Rod is the Natural Resource Manager and Plant Ecologist for the City of Alexandria, Virginia, and is a plant ecologist who has worked extensively in the fields of natural resource management and ecological restoration for 25 years. He is a member of the Virginia Botanical Associates and works closely with the Virginia and Maryland natural heritage programs. He is a member and past president of the Botanical Society of Washington, a past president of the Maryland Native Plant Society, serves on the boards of the Maryland and Virginia Native Plant Societies, and is a regular field trip leader for all of these organizations.

Charles Smith

Charles is currently Branch Chief of the Fairfax County Stormwater Planning Division, focusing on stream and natural area restoration. He is a naturalist and ecologist with 24 years of experience working primarily in natural resource management, including over 16 years with the Fairfax County Park Authority and five years with Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. Charles is a US Army veteran, a board member of Virginia Native Plant Society, Prince William Wildflower Society and Prince William Conservation Alliance; and member of Friends of the Potomac River Refuges.

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