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June 14-15, 2016 - Quinte Conservation Staff Removing European Buckthorn at Massassauga Point

European Buckthorn

Quinte Conservation staff will be removing invasive European Buckthorn from the Massassauga Point Conservation Area between June 14-15, 2016. General Manager Terry Murphy says, “Over the years we have tried several strategies such as spraying and burning to remove invasive European Buckthorn from Massassauga Point. Nothing has worked. This year we will be removing it mechanically by cutting down the shrubs.”

Murphy adds, “Anyone walking the trails at Massassauga Point may notice the remnants of the shrubs. We are leaving those on the ground to act as mulch and help control regrowth of the Buckthorn. Massassauga Point contains a rare alvar environment that we are working hard to protect.”

Massassauga Point Conservation Area contains a globally rare Bur Oak Savannah and a very important Alvar which contains prairie species, such as Prairie Smoke and Early Buttercup.

Murphy explains, “European Buckthorn is a non-native shrub that can take over an area, crowding out native plants. The goal of removal is to provide a window of opportunity for native plants to return to an area.”

Quinte Conservation is a community-based environmental protection agency. It serves 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County. It provides cost-effective environmental expertise and leadership. Quinte Conservation’s main goal is to create a sustainable ecosystem where people and nature live in harmony.

For more information:
Jennifer May-Anderson
Jennifer May-Anderson
Communications Manager
(613) 968-3434 ext. 125
(613) 354-3312 ext. 125

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