VNPS Registry Sites in Prince William County

VNPS Registry Sites in Prince William County

James Long Park

Prince William Co., Prince William Wildflower Society

This county-owned park on Rte 15 in Haymarket covers both wet meadow and upland forest plant communities. The area remains undeveloped and acts as a buffer to Catharpin Creek. Site registry emphasizes the importance of the area and encourages protection as encroaching development threatens habitat changes. Address: 4603 James Madison Hwy, Haymarket, Va. 20169

 Manassas National Battlefield Park

Prince William County, Prince William Wildflower Society

Buchnera americana

The meadows and the floodplain provide a diverse display of native plants. Protection of this flora is dependent upon proper management of the area. Recognition as a VNPS Registry Site emphasizes the importance of protecting these species, many of which were present at the time of the Civil War battles. Thus, there is human as well as natural history significance to this site. American blueheart (photo at left)  have been seen here.

Merrimac Farm

Prince William Co., Prince William Wildflower Society

This site was registered for the large stand of Virginia bluebells and other spring wildflowers in the Cedar Run floodplain, and also for the upland forest community in the northern and western portions of the property. This forest is one of the best stands left in Prince William with high species diversity, low levels of deer browse, little human disturbance for 50-80 years and few invasive plants. A portion of the forest is classified as upland depressional forest, a fairly rare plant community type characterized by a perched water table and wet-tolerant species.