- Max Trip Size: 20 people
Minnesota Rovers help maintain two forest woodlots that provide food and habitat for wildlife. Our Murphy-Hanrehan Park woodlot, overseen by Mike Sweet, is home to an amazing diversity of wildlife, including 144 plants and mushrooms, 67 birds, 14 mammals, 7 amphibians, 2 reptiles, and more than 54 invertebrates. Sadly, this important area is being compromised by invasive species, such as buckthorn. Join us to remove buckthorn at Murphy-Hanrehan Park, and help protect our forests.
We have made a lot of progress at this lot and have removed about 95% of buckthorn with diameters >1 inch, 75% of saplings, and 50% of seedlings less than 2 feet high.
During this event, we will be removing buckthorn seedlings from this important and high-quality forest where our native species are threatened.
Wear boots for possibly muddy sections of the trail, work gloves, hat, and layers for cooler weather. Bring water and a snack (if desired). Bring a lunch if you want to stay for a picnic and a hike after we’re done battling the buckthorn!
Meet at the Murphy-Hanrehan Horse Parking Lot at 9:30 a.m. (latitude/longitude: 44°42’29.8″N 93°19’48.1″W). Map: https://www.threeriversparks.org/location/murphy-hanrehan-park-reserve
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. The Horse Parking Lot is on the left.
- Look for Mike’s red Subaru Outback.