Invasive species, like garlic mustard and common buckthorn, are causing big problems in our natural areas. They choke out our native trees, eliminate wildflowers and cause soil erosion.
The City is working on invasive species control but volunteers are need to help with the long term management of the many restoration sites in town.
After you submit a volunteer application and your
background check has cleared, City staff will connect you up with an area that
needs adoption. The wooded area will typically have the mature
buckthorn (the big stuff!) removed already.
Your job will
be to control smaller buckthorn (4-8 feet tall) using hand
tools. After cutting, you will treat the
stump with herbicide and leave the cut buckthorn on the ground to naturally
decompose. Ideally, volunteers will also monitor and pull garlic
mustard from their site.
starting the project, City staff will meet you onsite to train you in buckthorn
and garlic mustard identification and herbicide use. As you work,
you will keep the City staff updated on your progress and any questions that
you have. Volunteer work will be integrated into other planned City
work for the area which may include things like periodic con trolled burns. Buckthorn removal is done from
mid-June through November. Garlic Mustard removal is done in
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