Volunteers Needed to Remove Invasive Species in Hopewell

(HOPEWELL, VA)–Volunteers can save trees and native plants by removing invasive species in Hopewell City Park on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 9, with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and the City of Hopewell. The work includes cutting off English ivy that is smothering trees and pulling and digging out privet and other invasive species. Doing so allows trees and other native plants to flourish without competition from these intruders.

"Healthy trees and plants filter and absorb polluted runoff before it flows into the James and Appomattox rivers," said CBF Grassroots Coordinator Blair Blanchette. "Removing invasive species is a fun, hands-on way to make a difference for Hopewell."

Tools, gloves, donuts, and coffee will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring a water bottle. Volunteers will meet from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dec. 9 at 205 Appomattox Street in Hopewell. Register in advance by contacting Blanchette at bblanchette@cbf.org or at 804-780-1392.

This work to restore Hopewell waterways is made possible with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through a Chesapeake Bay Program grant administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

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