To the editor:

Last year, 2019, a good hunk of money was spent trying to eliminate some of the buckthorn growing in Sucker Creek Preserve. This year, several areas in the preserve have been marked, so I presume the process is to be continued.

Buckthorn is an invasive shrub that grows in all soils and blocks the growth of the natural habitat. The city of Detroit Lakes even has it listed as a noxious plant. If you don’t know what it looks like, it is the only plant that is still greenish (other than lilacs) and many of the mature plants currently have black berries on them.

Unfortunately, buckthorn is widespread throughout the city of Detroit Lakes. I am thoroughly amazed that the multitude of yard care and landscaping companies that work within the city limits aren’t advising their clients and helping to eradicate it.

It is going to take some work, time, and money to try to halt the spread of buckthorn in Sucker Creek Preserve, but it isn’t worth the time and effort if it is allowed to continue to spread throughout the city.