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Douglas County needs volunteers to combat invasive species

Efforts target cattails, yellow iris on the Brule River

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City of Superior Parks, Recreation and Forestry Director Linda Cadotte, left, and Superior resident Ken Zurian pull out invasive garlic mustard plants along Faxon Creek in Central Park on Friday, May 20, 2022. Volunteers are being sought to control invasive yellow iris and narrow leaf cattail along the Brule River in June, July and August.
Maria Lockwood / Superior Telegram
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SUPERIOR — Douglas County needs volunteers to help remove invasive cattails and yellow iris Sunday, June 26, on the Brule River.

Volunteers will meet at the Winneboujou Canoe Landing around 10:15 a.m. to unload boats and set up rides. They should be ready to paddle at 11 a.m.

Participants will paddle about four miles from the landing to U.S. Highway 2 to dig and cut cattails and yellow iris at specific locations.

The effort will end at the U.S. Highway 2 Canoe Landing.

Volunteers should bring:

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  • A canoe or kayak, paddle and lifejacket.
  • Shovels and folding pruning saws.
  • Chest waders or sturdy shoes that can get wet and muddy.
  • Long sleeves and work gloves.
  • Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and bug spray.
  • Water, snacks and a bag lunch.
  • Raincoat and a change of clothes.

To register, email zach.stewart@douglascountywi.org .

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