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Volunteers clear invasive species from Dobson Bluffland

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – In an attempt to protect the natural habitat in Dobson Bluffland, volunteers cleared invasive species from the prairie areas.

The Mississippi Valley Conservancy maintains over 4,000 acres of wildlife habitat throughout Western Wisconsin. The organization runs volunteer programs like “Love the Bluffs” to protect local bluff habitats in La Crosse.

“Home 2 Suites” employees volunteered to join the conservancy to help get rid of invasive species to make room for new oak trees to grow. They sprayed a safe herbicide on buckthorn and Japanese Honeysuckle, then cut these species out from the woods to help maintain a natural habitat that, in turn, protects our way of life.

“This whole system protects our water by holding the soil so it doesn’t run off when we have big rainstorms,” Mississippi Valley Conservancy Communications Director Sarah Bratnober said. “These systems protect our air. They sequester carbon underground, so they’re extremely beneficial to all of us.”

The “Love The Bluffs” community service project launched in the summer of 2019.

“Home 2 Suites” was the community volunteer group helping maintain the bluff on Friday. Mississippi Valley Conservancy said they always have other opportunities for groups to participate in. Another way to help the conservancy eradicate invasive species is to brush off one’s shoes, bicycle tires and dogs before and after visiting nature trails–this prevents the spread of seeds and spores from invasive species.

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Marcus Aarsvold

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