It’s a first, in all probability! The first time a team of volunteers has been organized to help manage the wild flora at Pocahontas State Park. We had our first working session today, removing Japanese Honeysuckle from the campground area. Say what? Isn’t honeysuckle that pretty flowering vine with the oh-so-sweet fragrance? You did what?
Yes, we removed the honeysuckle, at least as much as we could in three hours. It’s all about maximizing biodiversity potential. More invasive exotic plants means fewer native plants; fewer native plants means fewer native fauna (the fauna in this case being mostly insects and spiders). Fewer bugs means less food for the creatures higher up in the food chain. So IVSquad will be working to give some push-back to those exotic (i.e. non-native) plants that are stealing space from our natives. Read more about IVSquad here.
Thoughts on the park, its residents and how to preserve its natural beauty.