Help available in Ely to remove woody invasive species like buckthorn

The North St. Louis SWCD will be working with a Conservation Corps crew to treat and remove invasive plants in Ely on Nov. 8-11 through a grant from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA).
The work can be completed on public or private lands at the request of landowners. This project is in partnership with the Ely Field Naturalists/Ely Area Invasives Team for volunteer effort and the City of Ely to dispose of materials with additional support from the 1854 Treaty Authority and the Duluth Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area.
Woody invasive plants including Common buckthorn, Glossy Buckthorn, Siberian Peashrub, and non-native honeysuckles are the targets of this effort.
These plants have been introduced as ornamental plantings or unintentionally, but now are considered invasive species and noxious weeds by the MDA.
Plants are classified as invasive when they are not native to an area and cause economic or ecological harm, harm human health, or threaten natural resources.
In a serious infestation, invasive plants might be almost the only thing growing in an area, destroying habitat for wildlife, making the area less appealing for recreation, and even increase the risk of wildfire, erosion, and flooding.
One of the targets, common buckthorn, is a well-known invasive plant in Minnesota. It is well established in many parts of the state, but not as well established in our region. Buckthorn grows earlier in the spring than many native plants and keeps its leaves longer in the fall. This gives it an advantage over other native plants, but also makes it easy to identify and treat this time of year.
Private landowners can be key to helping stop the spread of invasive species. Becoming aware of invasive species can benefit the landowner and protect Minnesota’s natural resources, on private and public lands, and abundant clean waters.
If you are interested in having invasive species removed on your property between Nov. 8-11 or helping as a volunteer, you can visit to sign up or contact Becca with the North Saint Louis Soil and Water Conservation District at 218-288-6143.
Additionally, if you are heading out to the deer stand or other outdoor activities, keep an eye out for invasive species. For more information on how to identify common invasive species in this area, visit If you see any, note the location and report it to or 1-888-545-6684.