Conservation—Buckthorn beat back

Murphy-Hanrehan Park, Minnesota

Sat, 1:00 pm

Oct 21

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Max Trip Size: 50

Categories

Other, Conservation

Coordinator(s)

Mike S

Trip Description

Come join the fun, exhilaration, and sense of accomplishment by removing buckthorn from a woodlot at Murphy-Hanrehan Park. This woodlot was identified as a high quality forest community by the Three Rivers Park district, but with a developing invasion of buckthorn. In 2014, the woodlot was adopted as a focus area to retain the area’s quality by removing buckthorn. Its quality is reflected by the number of taxa/species documented using the area to date: 110 species of plants, 20 species of mushrooms, 66 species of birds, 12 species of mammals, 7 amphibians, 2 reptiles, and over 50 invertebrates. To date, removal has included about 90 percent of buckthorn with diameters greater than 1 inch, 70 percent of saplings, and 50 percent of seedlings up to 2 feet in height. Come help remove buckthorn in areas of concentration where native plants are most affected by competition with buckthorn. Besides, this is a great time of year to be in the woods. Wear boots for possibly muddy sections of trail, work gloves, hat, and layers for cooler weather, and bring water.

Meet at the horse parking lot at 1pm Lattitude N 44.70827 Longitude W -093.33002

Directions from the north:
From I-35W heading south, take exit 86, just south of Buck Hill Ski Hill
At the top of the exit ramp, turn right on County road 46 (=162nd Street/Klamath Trail) and travel 1.31 miles, through 2 stoplights to 168th Street
Turn right on 168th Street and travel 0.8 mile through one stop sign (go straight through the stop sign; street now named Judicial Road) to 170th Street West.
Turn right on 170th Street West (a gravel road) and travel about 0.75 mile to the Horse parking lot on the left.

Meet at my vehicle: dark blue Toyota RAV4