Opportunity knocks! Open the door and Louisa County Conservation will introduce you to the joy of removing invasive species and improving wildlife habitat. Join us for a morning of harvesting prairie seed and removing autumn olive with loppers on Sunday, September 25. A pizza lunch and souvenir water bottle will be provided.
Practice your lopping skills. Learn how to identify the good, the bad, and the ugly. Invasive species like autumn olive, bush honeysuckle and garlic mustard are crowding out native plants in forests and prairies. Invasive species are too good at spreading and surviving, crowding out our native species. Why does it matter? Many beneficial insects like pollinators are plant eating insects. 90% of all plant eating insects are plant specialists. Monarch caterpillars are the perfect example. Plant specialists like Monarch caterpillars need plants that have been here a long time, not introduced or invasive species. The more native plants we have in our landscapes, the more food for beneficial insects, which in turn provides food for baby birds, fish, frogs, bats, foxes, and the list goes on!
All tools and safety equipment will be provided thanks to a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Louisa County. Enjoy a pizza lunch provided by Louisa County Soil and Water Conservation District. Other donors include N-Compass, Inc., Ansell Protective Products, and the Can Shed LLC.