Resources on Invasive Plants

VolunteerInvasive plants are troublesome on public and private property. Following is a list of resources that provide information on the identification, control of invasive plant species and removal programs for them.

Additional Resources For Invasive Plant Information

  • Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council (MAIPC) provides regional leadership to effectively address the threat of invasive plants to the native flora, fauna, and natural habitats of the Mid-Atlantic. The council coordinates regional efforts to gather and share information on the identification, management and prevention of invasive species, provide training and volunteer opportunities and to identify research needs.
  • Invasive Alien Plant Species of Virginia – Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation maintains an advisory list of invasive species found in Virginia and has facts sheets on several species.

Resources for Native Plants

  • Virginia Native Plant Society – VNPS works to preserve native plants in VA. Their website provides a list of local nurseries that sell native plants and has a publication entitled Native Plants for Conservation, Restoration and Landscaping.
  • Bringing Nature Home – Learn how you can sustain wildlife with native plants from expert Douglas Tallamy. The website includes a tool to get suggestions on what to plant based on where you live.

Local Organizations

The following is a list of local organizations working with Arlington invasive plant program on invasive plant education and control work.

  • VolunteerEcoAction Arlington – EcoAction Arlington works to improve the environment of Arlington County. Volunteer opportunities include stream clean ups, Neighborhood Watershed Stewardship Teams, Storm Drain markings and invasive plant removals. EcoAction Arlington also provides leadership for Arlington’s Community Wildlife Habitat Program.
  • Arlington Nature Centers – The Gulf Branch and Long Branch Nature Centers provide a full range of indoor and outdoor nature programs including lectures, naturalist-led trail hikes, craft demonstrations, field studies, audio/visual presentations and specialized group programs.
  • Arlington Regional Parks – Invasive plant control efforts are also ongoing at Upton Hill and Potomac Overlook Regional Parks.
  • Northern Virginia Conservation Trust – NVCT is a nonprofit land trust dedicated to preserving and enhancing the natural and historic resources of Northern Virginia.
  • Arlington Regional Master Naturalists – ARMN is an all volunteer-organization whose mission is to train and certify a corps of volunteers to provide education, research, citizen science, outreach, and stewardship of Virginia’s natural resources and public lands.
  • The Earth Sangha is a nonprofit charity based in the Washington, DC area and devoted to ecological restoration. They operate an ecological restoration program to restore native forests and meadows, stabilize streams, and control invasive alien plants. They also have a Wild Plant Nursery with annual plant sales.
  • Virginia Native Plant Society Potowmack chapter – Arlington/Fairfax chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society. Check here for scheduled lectures, nature hikes and invasives removal events.
  • Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia – MGNV is an organization of trained volunteers who work with the staff of Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) to encourage and promote environmentally sound gardening practices. MGNV maintains five demonstration gardens, operates plant clinics and supports the help desk at the Arlington County VCE office. Through public workshops and through the, MGNV provides up-to-date, reliable, researched based information about gardening practices that protect the environment and promote sustainability.