ISN holding Japanese Barberry trade-up days

During Japanese Barberry Trade-up Days, pre-registered individuals can bring in their removed barberry shrubs to be disposed of correctly and in return receive a coupon to a local nursery or landscaper that participates in ISN’s Go Beyond Beauty program. (Courtesy photo)

TRAVERSE CITY — The Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network (ISN) will hold its third annual Japanese Barberry Trade-up Days, a unique and innovative series of events encouraging the removal of invasive barberry and replacing it with a habitat-healthy alternative.

Like many invasive species, Japanese barberry was introduced to the United States as an ornamental. Its hardy nature and red berries made it an attractive addition to landscapes in the late 19th century. Those qualities also allow it to spread voraciously beyond garden boundaries and into nearby natural areas. Unappetizing to deer because of its thorny stems, barberry is left unchecked and quickly takes over -– pushing out native plant species and severely reducing the amount of wildlife that can live in an area. Additionally, research shows that a barberry’s dense foliage creates a perfect, humid climate for blacklegged ticks that carry Lyme disease – a fact that also creates a public health risk.

ISN is giving landowners the opportunity to trade-in Japanese barberry for a non-invasive alternative. Pre-registered individuals can bring in their removed barberry shrubs to be disposed of correctly. In exchange for each “traded-up” barberry, they will be given a coupon to a local nursery or landscaper that participates in ISN’s Go Beyond Beauty program – up to $50. This ensures that any replacement plant will be non-invasive and support an array of wildlife.

Registration is required and is now open at www.HabitatMatters.org.

The event will take place from 2-6 p.m. on June 7 at the Boardman River Nature Center, located at 1450 Cass Road in Traverse City.

Another event will be held from 2-6 p.m. on June 22 at Grow Benzie, located at 5885 Frankfort Hwy in Benzonia.

Contact Emily Cook, ISN Outreach Specialist at (231)941-0960 ext. 20 or email ecook@gtcd.org.

The Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network (ISN) is a collaboration of over 40 highly motivated and respected organizations in the region. ISN’s mission is to protect, enhance, and promote northwest Michigan’s natural communities through terrestrial invasive plant management and outreach. Its service area includes Manistee, Benzie, Leelanau and Grand Traverse counties. More information can be found at HabitatMatters.org.

 

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