Fairfax County Park Authority- Invasive Management Area ProgramFairfax County Park Authority- Invasive Management Area Prog...
The goals of the Invasive Management Area (IMA) program are: • Focus community support and momentum to do something about non- native, invasive plants • Garner more community involvement and support • Educate the public about the effects of non-nativ... Read more
The goals of the Invasive Management Area (IMA) program are: • Focus community support and momentum to do something about non- native, invasive plants • Garner more community involvement and support • Educate the public about the effects of non-native, invasive plants • Participate in outreach opportunities regarding non-native, invasive plants • Develop healthy habitats such as meadows and forests that are free of invasive plant species
The Invasive Management Area (IMA) Volunteer Program is a community-based project designed to reduce invasive plants on our parklands. This unique, volunteer-led program gives residents an opportunity to connect with people while taking care of the natural resources around us. IMA enables community members to help protect the plants and wildlife of Fairfax County's forests while spending time outdoors, meeting new people and restoring natural habitats.
It was a great experience for me, to interact with my environment like that. I learned about alien species brought from foreign places, and cause disturbances in it's new environments. I learned about few plants, and why we needed to remove them. I would recommend this organization to people I know, because for some I know, it is a great chance for them to get out once in a while. Most of all, I want them to look at nature in a new perspective, and try new things, not just look at say its beautiful.
Volunteered several days in advance...group lead never showed. We drove an hour and found out there was nobody there. The person in charge contacted us several hours later saying sorry, but there wasn't enough notice for them to show. Would be nice if this were in the description!
by Isabelle C. from North Bethesda, MD
I went with my mom, and we removed many garlic mustards (a non-native invasive specie). The experience was amazing because we were trying to restore de environment cleaning the area from that garlic mustard.