Anoka preserve is a major proving ground in Minnesota's buckthorn battle

  • Article by: Jim Adams , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 2, 2013 - 9:16 PM

Anoka Nature Preserve has received a $179,000 pruning job and shed about 800 tons of invasive plants, which become biofuel.

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psegerJun. 2, 13 9:13 PM

would be nice if the same program could be used in state parks especially Lake Maria which is slowly being taken over by buckthorn.

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sincewhenJun. 2, 13 9:40 PM

I live in the area. Just what we need is a ton of Turkeys in the neighborhood. The Owls have disappeared and the area is no longer the woods we had fun getting lost in. It's wide open appearance looks more like it is being converted into a graveyard.

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FrankLJun. 2, 1310:59 PM

A couple of weeks ago I was cleaning out my garage when I came upon a nursery catalog from the 80s. Buckthorn was listed as a good hedge shrub. Hard to imagine we used to plant this stuff.

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actualreaderJun. 2, 1311:40 PM

"has been ridded of"? Time to brush up on (pun intended) past tenses.

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moparfoolJun. 3, 13 6:14 AM

I've been working for three years to rid the buckthorn from my half acre of oak forest. I lop it down and then paint the stem or stump with full strength herbicide. My woods have hundreds of small buckthorn plants and most of the work is done on on my hands and knees, cutting the plants and then applying the herbicide. This has really opened up my woods, and it is in sharp contrast to the neighbors on either side, who aren't interested in eradication, and whose woods are thick with buckthorn. I used to just cut it down, but buckthorn sprouts right back up from the stump, and I've seen that it can grow three or four feet a year from a stump.

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rms316Jun. 3, 13 6:52 AM

I've done the same as moparfool. It's been a long arduous process but I'm finally seeing some results with new vegetation and trees. I hope the state provides some funds for the state parks. It's money well spent.

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quinnerooJun. 3, 13 7:25 AM

I applaud the efforts to rid areas of this noxious plant, but without total dedication and diligence it is a failing effort. Birds will just redistribute seeds, and in a few years the plant will return. What is needed is a biological fix, wherein the plant destroys itself, or a controlled predator that would target the plant specifically without getting out of control itself.

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moparfoolJun. 3, 13 7:48 AM

As the article says, the birds carry the buckthorn seeds all over and it is a constant battle to kill it. I find buckthorn coming up in my front lawn under the trees and shrubs, and even in the garden. I think the only hope of getting rid of it permanently is some sort of biological control, perhaps what controls it in its native habitat. Studies would have to be done on this to make sure the cure doesn't have unintended worse consequences. In the meantime, like rms316's good work, we do what we can.

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pa5232Jun. 3, 13 8:32 AM

Can stop the Buckthorn...

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ruphinaJun. 3, 13 8:36 AM

As for the lack of fuel for the burner, don't we have a fairly steady supply of ash trees to dispose of over the next 10 years? Bill G.

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