Blue Ridge Partnership in Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) has recieved the Garden Club of Virginia's 2017 Elizabeth Cabell Dugdale Award at the 59th Annual GCV Conservation Forum, Oct. 27 in Charlottesville. 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. PRISM was nominated by the Albemarle Garden Club,

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.

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