“In our school forest that students throughout the building use, buckthorn growth has become an issue,” said Hill City School Superintendent Adam Johnson.

“Buckthorn is an invasive shrub that totally outcompetes our native vegetation,” said Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Forester Troy Holcomb. “Long-term infestations of buckthorn seriously degrade forest productivity, wildlife habitat and will lead to soil erosion into waterways as native vegetation disappears. In the case of the Hill City School forest, it is getting so thick that it is affecting educational opportunities for students.”

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.