News Release

Smith to receive funding for invasive plant management

Grant and Award Announcement

George Mason University

Cynthia Smith,  Associate Professor and K12 Education Director, Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC), Environmental Science and Policy,  is set to receive funding for a project in which she will  recruit and manage undergraduate students who will work in demonstration vegetation plots in Reston, VA. The students will be trained and supervised by College of William & Mary staff to develop and maintain vegetation plots, conduct vegetation sampling, and provide field support throughout the growing season. Their tasks will also include biweekly site inspections as detailed by College of William & Mary protocols. Results from this work will help inform public lands and wetland managers on best practices for invasive plant removal.  

Smith will receive $23,119 from the College of William & Mary for this work. Funding will begin in January 2022 and will end in late December 2022.


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