Rapp beach plants

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The Vir­ginia Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Con­sumer Ser­vices (VDACS) is ask­ing the pub­lic to nom­i­nate species of in­va­sive plants that could be added to the cur­rent list of Vir­ginia Nox­ious Weeds (any plant species that is detri­men­tal to crops, sur­face waters, de­sir­able plants, live­stock, land or other prop­erty, or in­ju­ri­ous to pub­lic health, the en­vi­ron­ment or the econ­omy).

This news­pa­per knows of an en­tire hill­side near Woodville that has so many in­va­sive Chi­nese Or­na­men­tal Sil­ver­grass beach plants — planted by a previous homeowner a decade ago and now sprout­ing up every­where —that it re­sem­bles a beach­front lot in Nags Head.

The agency has de­vel­oped a sci­ence-based as­sess­ment tool, which the pub­lic can ac­cess at vdacs.vir­ginia.gov/plantin­dus­try-ser­vices-nox­iousweeds.shtml, for the nom­i­na­tion, eval­u­a­tion and con­sid­er­a­tion of plants con­sid­ered nox­ious weeds.

The depart­ment’s Nox­ious Weeds Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee will eval­u­ate all sus­pected weed species sub­mit­ted in the com­ing weeks.

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