Invasive Species Removal

Targeting invasive plant species on our campus is one major component and goal of the AQ Urban Forest Initiative. At this event, volunteers will learn how to identify invasive species and assist in removal efforts.

We typically target Buckthorn, an invasive species that is very common on our campus (especially in the woods). Buckthorn is a shrub that grows in the understory of the forest. It has an advantage over native plants because it leafs out early in the spring and lasts later into the fall, giving it a longer growing season. Buckthorn also produces dense clusters of leaves and changes the pH of the soil, making it difficult for native plants to survive. Its berries have very little nutritional value, and they can actually have a diuretic effect on birds, which can sometimes be fatal and helps spread seeds far and wide.

Organizers will provide all necessary supplies, but we recommend that all volunteers wear long pants and closed-toed shoes. Volunteers will meet in front of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Chapel, and we will travel to the work area from there. RSVP requested but not required to eimerjes@aquinas.edu. Two shifts are available including: 1:30pm to 3pm and/or 3pm to 4:30pm.