Native Plant Rescue for Fairfax Campus Set

Posted: August 19, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Andrea Weeks, assistant professor of plant systematics in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy and director of the Ted R. Bradley Herbarium, has organized a native plant rescue for the forest area on the Fairfax Campus slated to be cleared for construction of the new Mason hotel and conference center.

The rescue will be held on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 8 a.m. to noon.

“We are searching for volunteers from within the university and from the local community for this important event,” says Weeks. “It is an opportunity to get free native plants for your backyards or for the native plant gardens being developed on campus.”

Weeks describes the area to be cleared as “an oak-hickory forest understory with shrubs, tree saplings and ground cover, including dense patches of partridge berry and ground pine.”

Volunteers should bring their own tools and containers for carting away plants.

For more information and directions, contact Weeks via e-mail at

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