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New approach will test the removal of invasives at Iowa’s Backbone State Park

In two or three years, red oak, white oak, bur oak and chinquapin oak will be planted in the area where invasives are removed. That will be supplemented by black walnut, shagbark hickory and cherry seedlings. (Stock photo of red oak acorns by Bob Drieslein)

Iowa Department of Natural Resources foresters are using a novel plan to eliminate invasive species, testing that approach at Backbone State Park near Strawberry Point.
The approach involves using a bulldozer and excavator to pull out decimated pine trees and invading plants in the infested area, planting brohm grass, killing resurgent broad-leaf plants and planting seedlings in the affected acreage. The project will take up to three years to complete.

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