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Discover unique plants and ecosystems being protected in Virginia!

A swamp full of small shrub and grass plants with dead trees and branches. Water surrounds everything. Tall trees are visible in the distance.
The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge was created in 1974.

Learn about the conservation of unique plants and ecosystems across the Commonwealth.

Peggy Singlemann visits the State Arboretum of Virginia at Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce to meet curator, T’ai Roulston, to learn about butternut trees and the arboretum’s work to establish best practices to reseed native forests in areas overcome by invasive plants.

Serome Hamlin explores the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge with Manager, Chris Lowie, to talk about the natural and human history of the swamp and learn how the unique ecosystem is protected.

Dr. Robyn Puffenbarger explains the importance of supporting pollinators and Shana Williams shares tips for conserving energy by using solar powered drip irrigation in your home or garden.

Studio Extra:

T'ai visits Peggy in the studio to explain that many invasive plants spread more easily because they do not encounter the same deer pressure as native plants. Many non-natives are thorny or have a bad taste that deer avoid.