Congratulations to Rod and Maggie Walker and the Blue Ridge PRISM for receiving the Garden Club of Virginia’s 2017 Elizabeth Cabell Dugdale Award. The PRISM was nominated by the Albemarle Garden Club, the award was presented at the 59th Annual GCV Conservation Forum on October 27 in Charlottesville. The Shenandoah National Park Trust serves as an advisor and fiscal sponsor to the PRISM.
Blue Ridge PRISM was organized to confront problems in controlling alien, invasive plants, to encourage neighborhood cooperation, and to encourage private landowners, governmental agencies and non-profit organizations to co-ordinate their efforts and work together to control the most problematic species. While the organization spans a 10 county region along the northern Blue Ridge comprising the counties of Nelson, Albemarle, Augusta, Greene, Rockingham, Madison, Page, Rappahannock, Warren and Clarke, it hopes to serve as a model for the creation of additional regional invasive species efforts in other parts of Virginia.
The PRISM Speaker’s Bureau offers presentations on the PRISM in particular, but also on the problems associated with invasive plants more generally, as well as control methods and ideas for restoration of areas cleared of invasives. The Trust is proud to partner with and act as the fiscal sponsor to the PRISM.