Invasive Plant Survey

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ORGANIZATION: National Park Service

Help us scout for Christmas berry (Photinia villosa ) and jetbead (Rhodotypos scandens ) at Rock Creek Park! We will be hiking and recording any presence of these two shrubs along the Rock Creek Trail and Western Ridge Trail. Both of these shrubs were brought in for its ornamental beauty, but can become large, dense thickets that suppress native growth on the forest floor as they escape cultivation. Our goal is to search for and understand the extent of both of these species so we can assess potential responses.

When : Sunday, May 19 from 10am-1pm

Where : Meeting location will be at Horse Stable Rd.

What you’ll be doing: Hike on and off trails and roads; Record observations on iNaturalist and flagging them

What to Bring :

Water and snacks

Wear long sleeve shirts, long pants, and close-toed shoes (preferably with ankle support)

Smartphone and iNaturalist app downloaded

Safetyand Notes :

Beware of ticks and poison ivy in the case of going off trail

Weather can vary and everyone handles weather stresses differently. Plan how to dress and what to bring accordingly

Expect to walk on uneven and steep trails

Start Date - 2024-05-19

End Date - 2024-05-19

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