The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has approved an ecosystem restoration project at Laurel Hill Park to battle invasive Kudzu and restore the native forest community. Board members voted at their meeting on May 8, 2019, to approve the estimated $175,000 in restoration work.
The project scope calls for the removal of existing infestations of invasive Kudzu (Pueraria montana) on approximately five acres of land and replanting with desired community species to restore the Acidic Oak Hickory Forest (CEGL 008475) community type. In its current condition, the overgrowth of Kudzu on the land is preventing the growth of trees and advancing into the adjacent forest and stream valley.
Work will be managed by the Natural Resources Branch of the Park Authority and is expected to begin in the third quarter of fiscal year 2019. The restoration project is expected to take approximately five years to complete.
This project complies with the Laurel Hill General Master Plan, Laurel Hill Park Conceptual Development Plan and the Laurel Hill Park Natural Resource Management Plan. It also works toward achieving four of the Recommended Actions in the agency-wide Nature Resource Management Plan. Any surplus project funds will be reinvested in Laurel Hill ecosystem restoration work or returned for reallocation to other projects. Funding is being provided through the Park Bond Construction Fund.
For more information, visit us online at Parks or call the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662.