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St. Paul resident Page DeLong removed a large branch of buckthorn Saturday at the Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park. DeLong, whose husband is a master naturalist, was one of 20 volunteering during the Friends of the Mississippi River led event. (Bulletin photo by Emily Buss)

Area residents battle invasive buckthorn

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South Washington County residents came out in droves this last week to help remove invasive buckthorn from wooded areas.

Buckthorn, a plant native to east Asia, is an invasive species that is known for destroying the understory of surrounding plant life and kills wildflowers and grasses with its thick bushes.


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Emily Buss
Emily Buss joined the South Washington County Bulletin in February 2013. She covers local government in Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park and Newport, along with other general assignment reporting. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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