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Invasive Species in Rural Landscapes workshops scheduled

Invasive species are non-native pests which can affect natural eco-systems and cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.  There are many invasive species currently found in Minnesota and some that pose a future threat.  Farmers and rural residents in Minnesota are not exempt from invasive species.  All residents need to be aware of invasive species and understand how they can affect our rural life style. 

Three workshops have been scheduled in, Montevideo, Owatonna and Windom to discuss invasive species which may cause damage to rural areas.  These include: Emerald Ash Borer (affecting Ash trees in windbreaks and rural areas), Thousand Cankers Disease (affecting Black Walnut found in native woodlands, communities and windbreaks), Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (affecting over 300 plants including apple trees, grapes, corn and soybeans) Spotted Wing Drosphia (a fruit fly affecting raspberries and other berry plants) plus woody invasive plants, Buckthorn (a small tree which is host to the over wintering soybean aphid and found in windbreaks and woodlands) Exotic Honeysuckle (invading native woodlands) and Oriental Bittersweet (an extremely invasive perennial vine changing the understory of windbreaks and woodlands).  Workshop topics will include history, life cycle, identification, damage and control.  Free handouts will also be available.

The workshops will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. at the following locations:

Montevideo: October 22, Chippewa Co. Courthouse

Owatonna: October 24, Cabela’s

Windom: November 6, DNR Office

The cost of attending the class is $20, which can be paid at the door.  Pre-registration is required.  Register for this class online at or contact Kathy Eckwright at or 507-389-6972.

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