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Invasive Species Removal and Trash Cleanup at Dora Kelley Park in Alexandria

Please join the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust and Buddie Ford Nature Center at Dora Kelley Park in Alexandria from 10am to 12pm for an invasive species and trash removal event! This event is part of the 26th Annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup put on the Alice Ferguson Foundation.

Meet us inside of the Buddie Ford Nature Center (5750 Sanger Ave. Alexandria, VA 22311) at 10am and we will walk to the work site together. You will learn how to identify and remove invasive species, such as English ivy.

Please wear long pants and long sleeves, and bring a water bottle. NVCT and the Buddie Ford Nature Center will provide the gloves and bags. A hat, sunblock, and a snack are also recommended. Restrooms will be available in the nature center.

This is an important step towards improving the ecological health of not only the Holmes Run stream valley, but the entire Potomac Watershed. The park has already made major headway in removing many of the invasive plants that are found there, and now many beautiful native wildflowers like red trillium, spring beauty, trout lily, bloodroot, wild ginger, and mayapple are blooming in their place. Native pollinators depend on these flowers to reproduce, and birds depend on the insects, and so the food web extends up the trophic levels. Removing invasive plants and trash helps the overall health of the forest in many ways.

If you have questions, please contact Shannon at [masked] or call the NVCT office at[masked]-5093.

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