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Oct-2021: The Invasive Glossy Buckthorn Bush and WNP

Postby admin » Sat Oct 16, 2021 12:05 pm

Note from Tom Dorman, President of the Wymbolwood Nature Preserve -

Robert McBride and Lynn Short have been very busy in the Nature Preserve pulling out Glossy Buckthorn. Last year Lynn observed that there are several outbreaks of this noxious and notoriously invasive plant in the various wetland areas of the property. Here is an informative website which focusses on Common Buckthorn… but the issues with Glossy Buckthorn are the same.

https://www.ontarioinvasiveplants.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Buckthorn_BMP.pdf

When left unchecked, the plant spreads rapidly with very negative consequences for the natural system in the Preserve.

Important: with this plant one must remove the roots. Just cutting it off at the ground level does not kill the plant… the plant will just grow back with multiple stems, which makes it more difficult to remove in the future. Robert and Lynn have made a pretty big dent, but there is still a large number of plants seen. Removing this weed tree will be a multi-year management project. Even with a weed wrench, pulling out the plants by the roots is pretty hard work. It requires working well off the trails. This problem infestation is not just going away by itself.

If you are able to help with the removal, please meet on Saturday, October 23 and/or Saturday, October 30 at 10:00 am at my driveway. (748 Tiny Beaches Road South). Lynn and Robert will walk us to an area needing attention and will identify the Glossy Buckthorn and will train/demonstrate the proper use of the Weed Wrench to remove the Buckhorn

NOTE THAT THE ANNUAL WORK WEEKEND IS STILL SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16TH.

Looking forward to seeing those of you that can attend either or both events!

Tom

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