Crossroads Preps for Spring with Native Plant Lecture

Crossroads at Big Creek is looking forward to spring – the first killdeer, the sucker run, the enthusiastic songs of spring peepers. Spring also brings buckthorn and Asian honeysuckle plants almost a month before native plants.

The Door County Master Gardeners, who deal with invasives on their own properties and in their capacities as volunteers, wanted to learn the best management practices for invasive species, so they invited Terrie Cooper of the Door County Land Trust to share her experience gained through her extensive land restoration work. The lecture, “Native Plant Restoration, Learning from the Natural Areas of Door County” is scheduled for March 13 at 7 pm.

Cooper has been part of the Door County Land Trust since 1999. She will explain how the Land Trust’s work protects the county’s native landscapes using conservation maps and pictures of preserves, native plants and landscapes. She will offer suggestions for how to decide what native plants and landscapes to restore to Door County land.

On March 12 at 6:30 pm, the Friends of Crossroads will meet to discuss everything from invasive species management and trail work to upcoming school programs and staffing the 2018 Crossroads Trail Run. The Friends are always eager to have new members, so visitors are welcome. The meeting takes place in the lower level of the Collins Learning Center.

Crossroads at Big Creek is a learning facility made up of three preserves. The Collins Learning Center, located at 2041 Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay, is open 2-4 pm daily. Trails are always free and open to the public. Pets are permitted on leash and under control.


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