(WFXR) — That plant or tree you love in your yard, or even that colorful insect lingering around your flowers, may actually be dangerous to Virginia’s environment.
However, it can be hard to tell what’s helping or hurting the ecosystem, which is why the North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA) promotes National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) as a way to prevent the detrimental impacts of invasive species.
NAISMA supports local, state, and regional organizations to take part in NISAW — which runs from Monday, Feb. 28 through Friday, March 4 — through outreach and communications, educational webinars, Congressional briefings, and other events.
In the Commonwealth, a volunteer-driven organization known as the Blue Ridge Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM), is dedicated to reducing the negative impact of nonnative invasive plants on the health of the Blue Ridge Mountains’ natural and agricultural environment.
Rowena Zimmermann from Blue Ridge PRISM joined WFXR News to share more information about invasive species in Virginia, such as the Spotted Lanternfly.
Blue Ridge PRISM is holding an online workshop about managing invasive plants in the springtime from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, as well as an in-person session about identifying and controlling invasive plants from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 12 at Azalea Park in Charlottesville.