Wild Ones Keweenaw Chapter

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Ditch Your Tick-Loving Barberry at Trade-up Days

Got barberry? Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii) is an invasive species commonly sold as a landscaping shrub. These shrubs spread from gardens into our forests and provide perfect habitat for ticks.

Don’t be a source of these invaders. Dig up any barberry plants from your yard (roots and all) and bring them to KISMA’s Barberry Trade-Up Days. KISMA will provide free disposal and $10 coupons to use at local participating nurseries to purchase native replacement shrubs (limit 1 coupon per household).

Trade-up Days

  • Houghton: Sat., Aug. 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Houghton HS Parking Lot
  • L’Anse: Thurs., Aug. 8, 4-7 p.m., L’Anse Department of Public Works
  • Eagle Harbor: Sat., Aug. 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Eagle Harbor Solid Waste Facility

Go Beyond Beauty Comes to the Keweenaw

Wild Ones congratulates the Keweenaw Invasive Species Management Area (KISMA) on its successful bid to become a Go Beyond Beauty hub. Learn more about Go Beyond Beauty here.

Three local nurseries have signed onto the statewide program, pledging not to sell any of 14 highly invasive plants. Please let them know you appreciate their efforts to keep invasive plants out of our wildlands.

Work bee at Point Mills Historic Nature Area July 24

Keweenaw Wild Ones is joining the Keweenaw Land Trust for a work bee on Wednesday, July 24, anytime from 4 to 6 p.m. at KLT’s Point Mills Historic Nature Area.

This is an interesting industrial/nature site, with ruins from the mining era, including stamp sands. As part of a larger restoration, we’ll be installing native plants in topsoil to help boost biodiversity.

Directions

1. Heading north from Hancock on M26, turn right on Main Street in Dollar Bay, at Quincy’s.

2. After a few blocks, turn left onto Horner Drive.

3. Follow the curve to the right and continue onto Lower Point Mills Road.

4. Continue several miles to the little neighborhood of Point Mills and turn right on Second Street.

5. Turn right on Point Mills Estate Road. The parking area is on the right near some metal fences and gates with a small event sign.

Welcome to the Wild Ones Keweenaw Chapter

We are on a journey to

  • educate ourselves and others about the special attributes of native plants and how to incorporate them into our gardens and civic landscapes;
  • create habitat that nurtures wildlife, including bees, butterflies, and birds; and
  • develop resilient landscapes that absorb runoff, protecting water quality and infrastructure.

Regular meetings are held at 6:30 p.m., the third Tuesday of the month, alternating on Zoom and in person.

Want to grow native but don’t know where to begin?

Check out our Resources section. Or visit Wild Ones’ Native Garden Design website, featuring a several downloadable native garden plans created by professional landscape designers. The plans are free, printable, and come with plant lists.

We hope these resources inspire, encourage and motivate you in your native garden journey!