Monthly Archives: July 2014

Buckthorn report

A quick report from the front lines of the battle against invasive weeds:


Buckthorn sapling

Last night Bryce Gray from the Clark Fork Coalition’s Volunteer Corps led a group of about 6 people armed with various weed-removal tools to an area along the west bank of Rattlesnake Creek (approximate location here) where an invasive European shrub called “buckthorn” (Rhamnus cathartica) has taken hold.  We pulled a few dozen plants ranging from 1 to 5 feet in height, along with a few houndstongues whose seeds we bagged for safe disposal.  Future trips will be scheduled to contain and knock back this invader.  Check with CFC for details.

If you go, try to bring a weed wrench–last night was my first experience with this fabulous tool which works great for a small slippery shrub like buckthorn.

The Buckthorn Stops Here

The Clark Fork Coalition’s Volunteer Corps is partnering with Parks and Rec for a weed pull on Rattlesnake Creek on Tues, July 8 at 5:30 pm. Meet at Pineview Park, bring gloves and a good attitude 🙂

Buckthorn is an aggressive introduced plant that is choking out native vegetation along Rattlesnake Creek. Will you help us pull this nasty invasive that’s causing havoc along one of Missoula’s most beloved backyard creeks? Bring gloves and sturdy shoes and meet us at Pineview Park on Tuesday, July 8th at 5:30 pm.

for more information, please contact:
Jill Alban | Outreach Director | Clark Fork Coalition