A public campaign against a pesky invader is being launched across the region.
European buckthorn, an invasive plant that gobbles up valuable space and light wherever it grows, long has been a bane to conservationists and natural resource managers.
Forest preserve districts and other organizations for years have been waging war against the pesky shrub or tree that forms dense thickets and crowds out native wildflowers and other plants. And they want your help to get rid of it.
A campaign dubbed "Healthy Hedges" is being rolled out to arm nonprofessionals with information to deal with buckthorn and options to replace it.
"This is a key conservation goal across the region," said Allison Frederick, assistant public affairs manager for the Lake County Forest Preserve District.
"We're joining forces to make this truly a movement to eradicate buckthorn wherever possible."
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