Partnering to Protect Northern Virginia from Invasive Plants

Is it Invasive?

Information to help you determine if a plant is not native to Northern Virginia.

How to spot an invasive plant.

Why invasives outcompete natives.


Best Management Practices, Publications, Field Guides, Online Resources an volunteer opportunities.

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Partner groups and volunteers are essential for success.
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Invasive Plants

A species is invasive if it is not native to a particular ecosystem and its introduction does or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.

Invasive plants can flourish better than native plants and they often displace rare and endangered species that provide habitat for wildlife. These plants also inhibit the growth and regeneration of native trees.

Get Involved

Join the Remove Invasive Plants (RiP) volunteer group and support hands-on plants removal, education and surveys/mapping.

Native Plant Sale

A great selection of plants that are accustomed to local climate and wildlife will be available for purchase in the spring and fall.

Acres in Northern Virginia Restored in Past Two Years

Questions & Answers

Preventing the spread and establishment of invasive species is perhaps our most effective method of invasive species management, and it is certainly the most cost effective. 

Here, you will find some simple steps individuals can take to help stop the spread of invasive species.

If you find invasive species on your property, it is up to you to decide what to do. You can leave them alone, or you might want to try and eradicate or control them. This may or may not be possible depending on the extent of the problem and whether your neighbors all around you have the species on their land as well.

The most cost-efficient way to manage invasive plants is to monitor and treat new threats before they have time to become established. Join the RIP Volunteer Group.