buckthorn

The Elk River City Council has approved a resolution authorizing an application to be submitted for a grant of up to $75,000 to combat buckthorn in the city’s Woodland Trails Park. The  Minnesota Department of Natural Resources grant would allow a woody bio-mass harvest to be implemented in the park as one step in addressing [...]

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Buckthorn leafs out early and retains leaves late into the fall, creating dense shade that helps it to out-compete many native plants. Common buckthorn Common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)  was first brought to Minnesota from Europe in the mid-1800s as a very popular hedging material. Shortly after its introduction here, it was found to be quite [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor Woodland Trails Park, the crown jewel of Elk River Parks and Trail system, is in danger of being overtaken by buckthorn. City leaders are looking into the development of an ecological management plan to combat the problem, and there’s a grant opportunity out there that could help get it done. Elk [...]

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