Duluth Buckthorn Brigade

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The City of Duluth invites residents to join in on the ongoing fight against the invasive shrub – Buckthorn.

Buckthorn is a common invasive plant that is prevalent not only in City parks and on trails, but also in backyards and front lawns. Buckthorn was first introduced into our area in the early 1800’s when it was used as a popular hedging plant. Now, it is illegal to import, sell or transport buckthorn in Minnesota.

Community members are invited to attend a public informational meeting to learn more about buckthorn identification and control methods:
Thursday, October 24th – Informational Session – 5-6PM @ Hartley Nature Center.

Duluth residents can assist in the removal and eradication of buckthorn during the Buckthorn Brigade events on the following dates:

  • Sunday, October 27th – 2-4PM @ Lakewalk @ 21st.
  • Saturday, November 9th – 10AM-12PM @ Keene Creek (West Duluth).
  • Sunday, November 10th – 2-4PM @ Western Waterfront Trail.

For details, see Buckthorn Brigade in Action October & November 2013.

One Response to “Duluth Buckthorn Brigade”

  1. Curtis Pearce

    My name is Curtis Pearce and I manufacture Uprooter, the new tool for removing invasive woody plants such as Buckthorn. I am going to be in Duluth in October for the Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference. I will be arriving on Saturday October 18th in the afternoon and am hoping to find some Buckthorn that I could pull on either Saturday or Sunday. I saw that you organize Buckthorn pulls and I thought you might be able to help me locate some areas that I could work in. I am just trying to familiarize myself with the plant and the pulling of it since many of my customers have it as a target plant. If you could give me some information I would really appreciate it. I saw that you are organizing a meeting on the Thursday that I fly back. Perhaps I could meet with someone from the group while I am in town or maybe you will have a presence at the conference. If you have a site that I could work on that would be great. Thank you for your help.
    Curtis Pearce
    Owner/ Uprooter


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