Plant Southwest Virginia Natives Campaign

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Plant Southwest Virginia Natives Campaign 2The New River Valley Regional Commission was recently awarded funds from the Virginia Outdoors Foundation to support the Plant Southwest Virginia Natives Campaign.

Partners on the project include, but are not limited to, the New River Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society, Blue Ridge Wildflower Society, New River Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists, Sustainable Blacksburg, and Live, Work, Eat, Grow.

The funds will be used to create, print, and distribute the Plant SWVA Natives Guide, implement a native forest demonstration garden and start a community-supported native plant propagation center.

Native plants are an important and beautiful element of our local identity. They provide bird, bee and butterfly habitat, reduce lawn maintenance, and support healthy water systems. Through this work, the campaign seeks to eliminate barriers that prevent people from frequently utilizing native plants in local landscapes.

For further information, please contact Nicole Hersch ( 540-639-9313 or visit