- Max Trip Size: 30 people
Conservation Event – Buckthorn Pull
Saturday 22 September 2018 9:30am-Noon
Forests provide food and habitat for wildlife, and improve air and water quality. (They’re also really awesome places to hike!) However, these important areas are being compromised by invasive species, such as buckthorn. Help us to protect our forests by joining us to remove buckthorn at Murphy-Hanrehan Park.
The woodlot we’ll be working in has been identified as a high-quality forest, and we are working to retain the forest’s high quality by removing invasives, such as buckthorn. Much work has been done, and we are now concentrating on controlling the seedlings.
There is a rumor that Ron Schara’s Minnesota Bound may record the event for a story about the Minnesota Rovers and the adopted woodlot.
Wear boots for possibly muddy sections of the trail to the woodlot, work gloves, hat, and layers for cooler weather, and bring water and a snack (if desired).
Meet at the horse parking lot at 9:30 a.m. 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 Mike Sweet’s vehicle: dark blue Toyota RAV4
(P.S. Health experts say that gardening and yard work is good for your overall health. For those who have no garden or yard, we bet doing some habitat management is just as beneficial! So, this event is scheduled not only to improve a forest community, but also to improve your health! See how thoughtful we are?)
Additional information: The quality of the woodlot is reflected by the number of taxa/species documented using the area to date: 123 species of plants, 21 species of mushrooms, 67 species of birds, 14 species of mammals, 7 amphibians, 2 reptiles, and over 54 invertebrates. So far, removal has included about 95 percent of buckthorn with diameters greater than 1 inch, 75 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.