This project is occurring on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge near Weaver, MN. Portions of the site are dominated by Green Ash Trees which are expected to die from the invasive Emerald Ash Borer. Much of the areas understory is buckthorn.
By controlling buckthorn and getting moderately shade tolerant tree seedlings established prior to losing the ash trees, there is a greater chance of trees regenerating before Reed Canary Grass invasion prevents regeneration.
During 2016 site preparation was completed by removing buckthorn on 26 acres. During fall 2017 tree seedlings will be planted on approximately 37 acres of the overall site.
Funding is being provided by the Outdoor Heritage Fund, McKnight Foundation, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Aveda Corporation.