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NVCT Volunteers Tackle Ivy and Trash

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On the morning of January 18, 2016, the annual Martin Luther King Day of Service and winter’s coldest day so far, 20 hardy volunteers organized by the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust (NVCT) visited the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve.   Braving temperatures in the high teens and a brisk wind whipping across the river, the group removed English ivy climbing up trees and collected five bags and a plastic crate of trash. 

Many of the volunteers are students at Robinson High School in Fairfax County.  The Friends of Dyke Marsh are very appreciative of NVCT and these eager volunteers.  We look forward to more joint projects.

Photos courtesy of Glenda Booth

english ivyVolunteers removed ivy vines at the base of many trees in an effort to save the trees.

english ivyAn example of the challenge: The English ivy covering this tree is well established. It has actually rooted in the tree bark.