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Invasive plant removed from Miners Memorial Heritage Park


July 3, 2019

Bryan Hellios/Daily Globe

CAROL ERICKSON lays on a heap of Japanese Knotweed after helping fellow FRIENDS OF the Miners Memorial Heritage Park Sharlene Shaffer, left, and Kristen Semo remove multiple trailer loads of the invasive species at the park Tuesday. The 10-foot tall plants had overtaken an area near an established butterfly habitat.


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IRONWOOD - Friends of the Miners Memorial Heritage Park removed a patch of Japanese knotweed growing in the park on Tuesday.

The invasive species was first spotted recently by Rick Semo, vice president of the group, who was checking on eradication efforts of a different plant.

"I came in here looking for garlic mustard because I didn't know what it looked like," he said. "And I saw that stuff and thought, whoa, that's not what I thought it would look like."

Semo could not understand how the crews who sprayed the garlic mustard did not see the...

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