This project involves a study on Reed Canary Grass control methods and tree planting. There are four sites ranging from 5-10 acres each:

  1. Near Red Wing along the Cannon River, 
  2. along the Whitewater River upstream of the Mississippi, 
  3. at the mouth of the Root River, and
  4. near the Iowa border along the Mississippi River. 

At each site, there are 10 to 20 half-acre plots that will be evaluated. During fall 2016, plots were site prepped using various combinations of soil disturbance and herbicide treatment. During spring 2017 bare-root and large, potted trees were planted at all the sites. Follow up weed control will be completed during fall 2017, and each plot will have a strip that is direct seeded during fall 2017 and spring 2018.  

This is a cooperative project with the MN DNR, US Fish and Wildlife Service, University of Minnesota, and University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.  

Funding is being provided by the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, Outdoor Heritage Fund, McKnight Foundation, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Aveda Corporation.

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