Buckthorn Removal Festival

Watch this space for news of the 2024 Annual Sunfish Lake Park Buckthorn Removal Festival

Our 2023 Annual Sunfish Lake Park Buckthorn Removal Festival took place on Saturday October 28th beginning at 9:30 AM through lunchtime. The participants were provided with loppers, gloves, and instructions, and worked for two hours, then sat down for a lunch of Buckthorn-roasted chili dogs, Billy Hagberg’s unique Buckthorn Beefsticks, chips, cookies and beverages, with live music. Don played his accordion to set the tone for lunch, and awards were drawn using the workers
lunch tickets.

The work area was on the slope between the west end of Sunfish Lake and the east end of the central pond as shown below in the red rectangle. We will be using loppers and hand-pulling, because that area is too steep for the kind of heavy equipment that was used in the southwest 30-acre square. 

Here are pictures of George and Kim – instructing volunteers about what to do, and one of Larissa with an example buckthorn specimen–

  • Larissa shows the team an example of buckthorn to remove