This project involves a study on Reed Canary Grass control methods and tree planting. There are four sites ranging from 5-10 acres each:
- Near Red Wing along the Cannon River,
- along the Whitewater River upstream of the Mississippi,
- at the mouth of the Root River, and
- 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 has a strip that was 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.