Wayzata Football Team Tackles Invasive Opponent—Buckthorn

In Community News on May 16, 2014 by Community Expert Team
Wayzata Football Team Tackles Invasive Opponent—Buckthorn

The Wayzata High School football team left the field for the woods May 10 to help remove fallen limbs and invasive plants such as buckthorn from Big Woods Park Reserve.

According to the Sun Sailor, the football players worked from 9 a.m. to noon clearing the tree limbs and plants, marking it the teams fourth year of volunteering to clear the woods.

Invasive species are not native to Minnesota and often times cause environmental or economic harm, or harm to human health, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Buckthorn in particular is a problem because it out-competes native plants for nutrients, light and moisture, degrades wildlife habitat, contributes to erosion, and many other issues, the DNR says.

Following the morning of hard work, the team met for a pizza lunch sponsored by Wayzata’s TCF Bank branch, the Sun Sailor reported.

See photos of the players’ efforts here.

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This local update courtesy of your Wayzata Community Expert.

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