26 Oct Audubon Dakota clearing of the invasive species
The Minot Park District is working in partnership with Audubon Dakota for the clearing of the invasive species known as Buckthorn from Camp Owetti located in Oak Park. An invasive species is defined as a species that is non-native to the ecosystem, and in this case a plant which grow aggressively, spread and displaces other native plants, resulting in decreased plant diversity and the loss of habitat for birds and other wildlife. Removing of invasive shrubs and trees allows for enough sunlight to reach the ground to encourage the growth of young native tree seedlings and other native vegetation. Ecosystem benefits include improved diversity of native vegetation, erosion control through native plant establishment, and habitat for birds and wildlife. Removal will be completed through the months of September to March. This is then followed by spot spraying directly onto any visible stumps, which limits disturbance to native plants and wildlife.