The Northern Neck Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society (NNNPS) will meet at noon Thursday, September 21, at Wicomico Parish Church, 5191 Jessie duPont Memorial Highway, Wicomico Church.
Dominion Energy, Inc., supervisor of transmission forestry Mike Brucato will summarize how the company’s approach to integrated vegetation management has changed over the years. Of particular interest to NNNPS members will be Dominion’s ongoing “Wings at Work” program which is creating native plant meadows that are attractive to pollinators on 43,000 acres of its transmission corridors.
“Insect pollinators are of critical importance for the development of about a third of our food crops and their populations are declining, in part from habitat loss,” said NNNPS president, Kevin Howe. “We hope this program can expand to include Dominion’s rights-of-way on Virginia’s coastal plain.”
Brucato majored in forestry resource management at Virginia Tech. Living in Chesterfield County, he is interested in woodworking, gardening and the native orchids, azaleas and ferns in the woods behind his house. Members and guests are reminded to bring a brown bag lunch. Beverages and light refreshments will be served.