Volunteers needed for non-native plant removal in Moorhead park
Volunteers are requested for a non-native plant removal on Nov. 3 from 2 to 6 p.m. in MB Johnson Park, located at 3601 11th St. N.
MOORHEAD — The city of Moorhead is seeking volunteers for a non-native plant removal from 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, in MB Johnson Park, 3601 11th St. N.
Participants will be removing invasive, non-native buckthorn.
The berry-bearing fruit must be prevented from sprouting anew next spring. If left unchecked, the plant will out-compete native plants and destroy wildlife habitat, in addition to serve as a winter host for soybean aphids.
While no experience is necessary, there will be physical work that involves moving buckthorn branches and small trees out of the woods after they have been cut.
Some volunteers will be asked to assist in cutting down small buckthorn with loppers and pruners, according to the release.
Those interested in volunteering should bring snow/rain boots, long pants and layers of clothing to contend with unpredictable fall weather.
Audubon Dakota and City of Moorhead Public Works will provide supplies and equipment needed to remove the buckthorn, but encourage volunteers to bring a pair of thick work gloves and a water bottle.