One of the most important steps in removing buckthorn is figuring out whether or not you have it on your property! Identifying buckthorn is pretty easy. If you think it looks like buckthorn, it probably is.
There are two species of buckthorn in the area and this page will go through how to identify them at different stages of growth.
Leaves and Berries
Bark and Trunk (similar in both buckthorn species)
Don't worry about the small seedlings (see picture below) if you still have larger buckthorn around. But when you have the big stuff under control, you will want to keep an eye out for any seedlings that try to come back. It's a lot less work to pull out a seedling than to cut down a mature buckthorn!
The information provided in the links below will walk you through identifying, removing, treating with herbicide and what to do when buckthorn is gone. Want a shortened version? Access a two page identification and control guide (PDF).