Buckthorn Menace project featured on KSTP news

buckthorn in the news The Buckthorn Menace project, a joint effort between Carleton, St. Olaf and the Northfield community, was featured yesterday on KSTP's 6 p.m. newscast. The project is a participatory environmental art installation designed to raise public awareness about the environmental damage caused by invasive plant species in Minnesota’s natural landscapes and wilderness areas. Volunteers are still needed to help clear buckthorn and work with artist Jim Proctor to create the installation pieces in the Carleton Arboretum and St. Olaf's Norway Valley.

The interview featured Proctor, along with Carleton's Mark McKone, professor of biology, and Nancy Braker, director of the Cowling Arboretum.

The video segment is available on KSTP's website. For more information, or to volunteer, visit the Buckthorn Menace website.

The Buckthorn Menace is co-sponsored by Carleton College and St. Olaf College, in association with the Environmental Quality Commission of the City of Northfield. The project was developed during a fellowship provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, and first implemented with a grant from Forecast Public Artworks.