Socially distanced invasive plant removal seems like a 2020 thing to do.

The Mount Vernon Trail viaduct near the old power plant in Alexandria has been overwhelmed by kudzu. I’m not going to lie, I can appreciate the aesthetic. It’s not worth the safety challenges for cyclists and pedestrians though. Nor is it worth the risk of losing the bridge because that’s probably 5 to 10 years before it gets replaced as we’re seeing with the Holmes Run Trail.

Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail is hosting another kudzu cleanup on Sunday, December 6 at 9 a.m.

Kudzu is a fast growing invasive species that can quickly smother the trees that make the Mount Vernon Trail so beautiful.

Volunteers are needed to assist with cutting, pulling, bagging and removing the kudzu vines. We’ll have gloves and some hand pruners available, but if you have some pruners limb loppers of your own, please bring them.

Four volunteering spots are still available.

The Friends of Mount Vernon Trail has also spent the fall fixing up the wooden plank Trollheim Bridge near Theodore Roosevelt Island in Arlington.

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