The Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Trail extends for some 44.8 miles through numerous Northern Virginia localities, including Arlington. However, the growth of invasive plant species along the trail has become a problem.
In particular, a stretch of the W&OD Trail that passes near Arlington's Bon Air Park has been plagued by the rampant growth of non-native weeds such as porcelain berry, which originated in Asia, and Japanese honeysuckle. In response, the county has initiated an effort to clear the area of invasive plants, with the help of volunteers. A massive removal of plant life along this leg of the W&OD has been under way since August, and the next phase of the plan calls for re-introducing indigenous plants that have suffered from the presence of invasives, such as milkweed.
Future plans call for similar efforts along the trail's path through other parts of Arlington. Volunteers are still needed to assist in these efforts. If you would like to help, contact Patrick Wegeng by E-mailing him at email@example.com.
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