Bradford Pear
Pear Buyback 2023

Pear Buyback 2023

We wanted to take a moment and thank everyone who made the 2023 Pear Buyback possible. Because of you, we were able to remove hundreds of invasive Callery (Bradford) Pear trees all over Missouri! This is no small feat. This year, we had a total of nine sites around...

Callery Pear Buy-back 2023

Callery Pear Buy-back 2023

Registration and Sign-Up The Missouri Invasive Plant Council (MoIP), in partnership with Forest ReLeaf of Missouri, Forrest Keeling Nursery, and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), will host a Callery pear “buyback” program in locations around the state on...

How Bradford pear threatens open lands

"Callery pear seedlings are moving further and further into the countryside, away from the suburbs and cities from whence the problem sprang," writes Brett O'Brien, Natural Resources Supervisor for Columbia, Missouri Department of Parks & Recreation. Here is why...

Invasive to Watch This Month

Japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum) is an annual grass native to eastern and central Asia. This invasive grass grows in moist, disturbed areas including stream banks, river bluffs, floodplains, forest wetlands, moist woodlands, old fields, uplands, thickets, roadside ditches, and utility rights-of-way. Growing to about 3.5 feet tall, it has alternate, thin, pale-green, lance-shaped, 3-inch long leaves. It has a distinct silvery stripe of reflective hairs running down the center of the upper leaf surface. Flower spikes form at the slender stem tips in late August through early October. Japanese stiltgrass occurs in a wide variety of habitats, tolerates shade, and seems to prefer acidic to neutral soils that are high in nitrogen.

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