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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Northern Minnesota Invasive Blitz Trains Volunteers to Prevent Spread of Invasive Species

An October 4 Invasive Blitz training at Duluth's Hartley Nature Center trained a group of northern Minnesota volunteers to prevent the spread of Invasive Species. Watch FWCE Educator, Andrea Strauss, discuss the event on Duluth television news.

Invasive species such as buckthorn, garlic mustard and wild parsnip pose serious threats to Minnesota's natural resources, ecosystems, and economy. Participants in the one day workshop learned the impact of invasive species in Minnesota. They learned to identify and remove/treat selected problem species, and provide follow-up management and monitoring. Participants also practiced planning a community project to mobilize organizations and clubs for invasive plant removal projects as part of an annual statewide "Invasive Blitz" event.

Congratulations to all of the northland participants, ready to tackle a critical Minnesota conservation issue!

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