Park Board clearing brush on Lake of the Isles

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will remove buckthorn and downed trees this month on two islands at Lake of the Isles.  

Removal of buckthorn and other invasive species on Michael’s and Raspberry islands starts on Monday, Feb. 11, and the uprooted brush will be burned. The burn is a cost-effective way to remove the debris and downed wood, according to Ralph Sievert, director of the park board’s forestry division.

The burn is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 12, weather conditions permitting. The snow cover will prevent the fire from spreading to surrounding vegetation, according to the park board. Large dead trees that are still standing will remain on the island to provide a habitat for the wildlife there.

The islands are designated as a wildlife refuge, and the removal of fallen trees and invasive plants is part of the park board’s habitat restoration strategy.