Service Day in the Arboretum Posted on September 11th, 2007 by

The Arboretum needs your help!!! On Saturday, October 6, the Arboretum will host a Chinese Elm Removal Party! Chinese elm is an alien species that is not native to Minnesota, but which readily seeds in many places where it is not wanted, namely the Linnaeus Arboretum. The elms are abundant and prevent native plants from getting established hence the need to control them. The task is simple: cutting and treating the stems of pre-marked trees. No need to know how to identify them and we will show you what to do! What a great opportunity to get some exercise and do a good deed! The “party” (might as well have fun with this!) will be from 2-5 p.m. Everyone is welcome to chip in for an hour or so. We ask that people “register” by e-mailing Emily Hoefs ( or Shirley Mellema ( so that we can anticipate equipment needs. Of course if you wake up on the 6th of October and feel the need to do a good deed that day we welcome your participation! Volunteers should report to the Melva Lind Interpretive Center for “duty” on the 6th. In the event of rain, we will move the party to Sunday, October 7 from 2-5. We look forward to seeing you in the Linnaeus Arboretum.


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