From its beginning in 1920, the Garden Club of Virginia has directed public attention to conservation issues around the state by establishing Conservation as its first standing committee. Through that committee, the GCV pledged to conserve natural resources, plant trees and deal with pests and pesticides. Today, the Garden Club of Virginia is still leading the way by focusing attention on conservation issues through educational leadership initiatives and legislative involvement.

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Japanese Stilt Grass is an annual grass that grows vigorously in low-light habitats. It is now found throughout Virginia where it invades a diverse range of habitats, from lawns to forested wetlands. Japanese stilt grass can carpet the groundlayer and suppress other plants, including the seedlings of tree species, making it of concern to foresters. It appears that Japanese stilt grass alters soil pH, raising the acidity of soils and reducing the ability of other plants to grow where it is established. It produces numerous seed that are easily transported by animals and humans. Japanese stilt grass can establish well in a shaded forest under story, which can out-compete native flora, suppress tree seedlings and inhibit forest regeneration. Agencies are keeping track of its distribution and spread, but few practical control strategies are available. 
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