The Vermont Department of Forest and Parks is seeking ways to fight a nonnative invasive species that some feel could threaten the state’s forests.
Glossy buckthorn bushes and common buckthorn were once promoted by the state as a way to control erosion.
But now experts say buckthorn can prevent the growth of young trees and it is hard to eradicate.
The state’s Forest Protection Chief says buckthorn tends to leaf out first and stay green longer, pushing out other plants.
A thicket of buckthorn doesn’t harm mature trees, but it will make it harder for the next generation to grow up.
Experts say the best way to get rid of buckthorn is by digging it up, using herbicides or a combination.