Road closings around Historic Tredegar May 17-19, 2013
Friday, May 17 through Sunday, May 19, some roads around Historic Tredegar will be closed for Dominion Riverrock. The park's visitor center will be open. Details can be found on the Historic Tredegar website using the link here. More »
Richmond National Battlefield Park has forest communities of various types and successional stages across its many units. From early successional to old-growth forest, visitors to the park have the opportunity to observe the dynamic changes that occur as a forest stand ages. In general, although the representative species may differ with geographical location and environmental conditions, the general process is similar in all forest successional pathways. Certain tree species, with high reproductive rates and rapid growth, are well-suited for colonization and are first to establish in a disturbed area. Over time, these species are outcompeted by species that tend to grow and reproduce less prolifically, but are better competitors and have longer life spans. The process of succession is often set back by natural disturbance, such as wildland fire, which starts the cycle again.
Did You Know?
The USS Monitor participated in the unsuccessful attempt to run the Confederate batteries atop Drewry’s Bluff on May 15, 1862.