Protecting a natural legacy
For the public good
HELPING BI WOODS AND OTHER NATURAL AREAS?
Friends of Birch Island Woods encourages people to participate in the stewardship of public natural areas. Any project on any public parkland, however, must first by authorized by the pertinent government agency or department.
FBIW can help your group or neighbors join an exiting program or devise a new project to help native Minnesota plants, trees and shrubs in Birch Island Woods or other Eden Prairie parks and conservation areas recover from garlic mustard and buckthorn. Buckthorn pulls (a branch of it is pictured to the right) are worthy and fun ways to become involved. Read on.
HABITAT RESTORATION, BUCKTHORN AND TRAIL PROJECTS IN EDEN PRAIRIE INCLUDING THE BIRCH ISLAND AREA
The EP Parks Department considers proposals for buckthorn, garlic mustard and litter removal in its parks and conservation areas including Birch Island Woods. Opportunities for wood chip trail construction, native plant replacement are few.
For suggestions and guidelines on how to get a project going contact:
To volunteer for the Wetland Health Evaluation Project contact
To remove invasive plants from the Preserve Association’s
common parkland contact
Rosland Park (Lake Cornelia) Restoration Project
For more information, Contact Kevin Clay at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-903-2185 or Edina Forester Tom Horwath at 952-826-0308.
Buckthorn, garlic mustard and other invasives --
Minnetonka Brush Drop Off Program --
Residents of Minnetonka can drop off cut buckthorn, honeysuckle or other brush for recycling from April 15h through November 18th at the City’s Public Works facility, 11522 Minnetonka Blvd. Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 3 pm; Mondays and Tuesdays from noon to 8 p.m. The service is not available for commercial companies. The recycling site accepts branches and trunks up to 12 inches in diameter BUT DOES NOT ACCEPT loose leaves, grass, dirt, lumber, sod or root balls with dirt.
Scenic Heights Outdoor Learning Center
Click here to visit the OLC’s website
INVASIVE & NATIVE PLANT SEMINARS AND BUCKTHORN & GARLIC MUSTARD PULLS
Our first Buckthorn 101 Seminar in February 15, 2002 featured Master gardener and horticultural consultant Janet Larson and EP Forestry’s Jeff Cordes.
Larson provided a full house of 72 attendees a slide show primer on the invader’s history and spread in America (scary stuff) explaining why it does so well in Minnesota. Later the knowledgeable buckthorn buster and her equally qualified and impassioned cohort Jeff Cordes talked about buckthorn identification and chemical and mechanical removal techniques
The event was the first of a series workshops and seminars for residents of the southwest suburbs including those who will become part of the city certified, buckthorn removal forays into the Birch Island Woods Conservation Area.
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