Blue Ridge PRISM
PO Box 119
White Hall, Virginia 22987
|Primary Contact||Elizabeth Mizell|
|Primary Focus Area||Environment|
The mission of Blue Ridge PRISM is to reduce the impact of invasive species in the northern Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
Blue Ridge PRISM Inc began in 2014 with Rod and Maggie Walker, landowners in Albemarle County, and Jake Hughes, Exotic Plant Management Biological Science Technician for Shenandoah National Park. Rod and Maggie were alerted to the problem of invasive plants in the Blue Ridge by Asiatic bittersweet vines that were strangling 15 acres of forest. Concerned about the economic damage posed by this invasive vine, and by the many other invasive plants that abound in this region, Rod and Maggie contacted Jake for information and advice. More people joined the conversation, and Blue Ridge PRISM was born.
Originally operating under the umbrella of the Shenandoah National Park Trust, Blue Ridge PRISM volunteers work at the local, regional, and state-level under the guidance of an Advisory Committee of key stakeholders.
In 2020, Blue Ridge PRISM became an independent non-profit dedicated to the same mission. We employ one full-time Program Director and one part-time Communications and Outreach Coordinator. Blue Ridge PRISM is supported by numerous dedicated volunteers and partners.
We serve Clarke, Warren, Rappahannock, Page, Madison, Rockingham, Greene, Augusta, Albemarle and Nelson Counties. Beginning in early 2022, PRISM will be expanding our service area to include Fauquier and Loudoun Counties.