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Duluth parks seeks volunteers to help eradicate invasive plants

Japanese knotweed, an invasive species. (Photo By H. Zell via Wikimedia Commons)

The Duluth Invaders, a service initiative of the City of Duluth Parks and Recreation division, announces a call for volunteers to serve on a new R2ED Team. R2ED Team members (or "Rapid Response and Early Detection" Team members) will support the City of Duluth's effort to educate the public on the harmful impacts of non-native, invasive plants, as well as have a hand in pushing back invasive terrestrial plants from City park land.

R2ED Team members are asked to volunteer a minimum of 3-5 hours a month. Interested R2ED Team members are asked to submit an application by Friday, April 3, and will be required to attend a three-hour training in mid-April. The exact time and date of the training will be determined based on the availability of team members.

Download the application and find out more information at Questions can be directed to Cheryl Skafte, volunteer coordinator, at or (218) 730-4334.

Invasive species include buckthorn, Japanese knotweed, common tansy, garlic mustard and exotic honeysuckle.