• Three kayakers enjoying the river.

    Chattahoochee River

    National Recreation Area Georgia

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    Representatives of Colonial Pipeline Company will be working on the gas pipeline in the Johnson Ferry North unit. The work will require intermittent trail closures. For your safety please stay on designated trails and obey all trail closures.

Privet

Privet (Ligustrum sp) 5-7-04

Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense) is a shrub with thin opposite leaves, semievergreen to evergreen, and thicket forming to 30 feet in height. They have multiple leaning-to-arching stems with long, leafy branches. Chinese privet is one of the most widely spread invasive plants in the South. It has showy clusters of small white flowers in spring that yield abundant clusters of small ovoid, dark purple berries during fall and winter.

An aggressive and troublesome invasive, often forming dense thickets, particularly in bottomland forests and along fencerows, privet is shade tolerant and colonizes by root sprouts and is spread widely by abundant bird- and animal-dispersed seeds. Its seeds are thought to be viable only for one year. Many shallow surface roots sprout when the parent tree is topkilled. Despite its invasive nature, privet is still being produced, sold, and planted as ornamentals.

Management strategies for privet:

  • DO NOT PLANT PRIVET. Remove prior plantings, and control sprouts and seedlings. Bag and dispose of fruit in a dumpster or burn.
  • Minimize disturbance in areas where these plants occur.
  • Treat when new plants are young to prevent seed formation.
  • Cut when fruits are not present.
  • Manually pull new seedlings and saplings when soil is moist, ensuring removal of all roots.
  • Readily eaten by goats, sheep, and deer when reachable.

Did You Know?

Jones Bridge ruins - Photo by Matt Harr

Jones Bridge spanned the Chattahoochee River from 1904-1922, falling into disrepair in the 1930s. Half of the bridge was "stolen" in 1940, neighbors didn't know the workers cutting the bridge were not authorized to do so until it was too late.