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Spotlights

  • Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Virginia State Parks.
    Invasive insect pests and diseases are threatening the future forests of Virginia. The transport of firewood is one of the primary means by which these harmful insects and diseases spread. Quarantines have been issued by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to restrict the movement of firewood from counties where the pests have been found to counties without them.
  • Virginia Department of Health.
    In November of 2017, a tick species previously unknown to the US called Haemaphysalis longicornis, or the Asian longhorned tick, was discovered both on a sheep and in a pasture in New Jersey. Since then, this new tick species has been found in eight additional states, including 17 counties and one city in Virginia.
  • Virginia Tech.

    Virginia Tech researchers who helped identify the dangerous Giant Hogweed plants in Clarke County, Virginia, want residents to stay on the lookout for the plant with toxic sap that can cause severe burns — but also stressed that the weeds are believed to have been planted intentionally decades ago and haven’t spread in the years since. Anyone who suspects they have found Giant Hogweed should take photos, check online to compare the plant to giant hogweed photos, and then contact a Virginia Cooperative Extension agent.

  • Piedmont Environmental Council.
    Wavyleaf basketgrass is a new exotic grass rapidly moving into forests and meadows in Virginia and Maryland. The Piedmont Environmental Council is part of a Task Force committed to stopping this plant before it forms a thick carpet on our forest floors, crowding out native plants. If you think you spot wavyleaf basketgrass, please report your sighting.

State Specific Threats

Selected Resources

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Council or Task Force

Virginia Invasive Species Working Group.

State and Local Government

Virginia Department of Forestry.
Fairfax County Park Authority (Virginia).
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Natural Heritage Program.
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Arlington Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources (Virginia).

Academic

University of Richmond (Virginia).
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Professional