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America, Energy, and Fall: GRAVEL TRAIL OF ANOK ANOKA ONSERVATION ISTRICT INVASIVE SPECIES REMOVAL/ ANOKA NATURE PRESERVE WHY CONTROL INVASIVE SPECIES? Invasive species out compete native plants for nutrients, light and moisture. Common and glossy buckthorn are native to Eurasia and were introduced to North America as ornamental plants. They lack natural controls like insects and disease that would slow thelrgrowth and their seeds are viable forimany years This. combined with their ability to leaf out early in the spring and retain leaves late in the fall,,enables common and glossy buckthom toldisplace nativefrees, shrubs and wildflowers.As a result, buckthorn formis dense stands that degrade wildlife habitat Additionally, buckthorn contains a natural laxetive, leaving.wildlife that readily consume it dehydrated and malnourished BUCKTHORN TREATMENT BUCKTHORN IDENTIFICATION The Anoka Conservation District began treating invasive species (primarily common buckthorn) at the Anoka Nature Preserve in 2012, Herbicide was applied to target species throughout 148 acres Sprayed plants were removed and burned for energy. A prescribed burn was conducted over 66 acres to kill buckthorn seeds and small plants in COMMON BUCKTHORN (Rhamnus cathartica) Found in upland environments Leaves pointed at the tip, toothed, prominent veins Berry-like fruits ripen from green to dark purple Bark with light raised spots, inner bark is orange Twigs often have thorns at their tips 2014. Follow up treatment continues. In time, desirable native plants will fill in open areas. GLOSSY BUCKTHORN (Frangula alnus) Found in wetland environments The majority of funding was provided from the Outdoor Heritage Fund of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, and the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. . Leaves are oval, glossy, toothless edges Berry-like fruits ripen from green to red to dark purple Bark with light raised spots Twigs do not have thorns CLIAN WATER IAND & ANOKA ENVIRONMENT REAL CLASSIC TRUST FUND Does this count?

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Thank You, Home, and Hospital: 18 onesies 15-year old Noodles is recovering from the removal of 5 mammary gland tumors. Thank you OSU Vet Hospital for saving her AGAIN. She’s home and resting.

15-year old Noodles is recovering from the removal of 5 mammary gland tumors. Thank you OSU Vet Hospital for saving her AGAIN. She’s home an...

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