The nonnative (exotic) plant species present in the park have been introduced to this region both accidentally and intentionally for ornamental or agricultural purposes. Invasive exotics pose a constant threat to the park's native species because they are quick to establish and can rapidly out compete their indigenous counterparts. Characteristics of many invasive species include higher seed production and germination rates, vegetative reproduction, and a lack of natural competitors. These characteristics give invasives an advantage over natives, allowing them to monopolize available resources.
Did You Know?
Scattered throughout the Richmond area are 58 historic markers erected by the Richmond Battlefield Markers Association beginning in the 1920’s. One of its members was Douglas Southall Freeman, editor for the Richmond News Leader and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Robert E. Lee.