March 7 to mid April 2016:
The City is ready to implement the Western Waterfront Trail Habitat Restoration plan and has enlisted a contractor to remove buckthorn and/or honeysuckle in several areas between Indian Point Campground and Morgan Park as part of necessary habitat restoration to encourage the growth of native vegetation in the St. Louis River Corridor. A team of 5-8 workers plan to start mobilizing equipment in the next week for cutting and removing buckthorn from 7 AM till 7 PM, Monday through Friday with the possibility of weekend hours depending on progress and weather.
Cut buckthorn will be chipped and brought to two specific burn pile locations, the end of Indian Point Campground and in an isolated area between Morgan Park and Smithville Park. The burn pile locations are not near residential sites or buildings and will be heavily monitored for containment. Wind and weather are other factors that will determine the burning period.
Due to the propensity for buckthorn to germinate, Garlon 4, a commonly used herbicide, will be used as spot treatment on stumps during the cutting process. Flag markers will be in place informing people of specifically treated areas. To avoid any concerns, the City recommends residents and their pets not come into contact with the herbicide and keep their distance from the treated areas for at least 24 hours following the spot treatment.
The map of the work areas are provided HERE.
March 24, 2016 - Contractors have finished cutting invasive's in Blackmer Park and are working to finish Munger Landing. Once completed, the crews will move east. Cut materials have been thrown back onto the forest floor with no active burn piles to date, though may become a necessity as work progresses east and into thicker pockets where machinery is not accessible.