What You Can Do

Be Aware!

The 1st step in preventing the spread of invasive species is to be aware.

  • Learn what our local invasive species.
  • Do not purchase, plant or transport invasive species. Many invasive plants have caused problems in other areas of the United States before coming to Minnesota. Find information about plants that have caused problems in other areas of the country at the Midwest Invasive Plant Network and Invasives.org.

Be Careful!

Seeds from invasive plants can hitch a ride on your bike or vehicle tires, lawn mowers, clothing, on your pet's fur or even on the bottom of your shoes! The Minnesota DNR's Play, Clean, Go campaign shares ways you can prevent accidental spread.


If you recognize any new invasive plants on our watch list (early detection species), please report them. For plants spotted in:

  • Maplewood - Email Carole Gernes or call 651-249-2170
  • Other places in Ramsey County - Email Carole Gernes, or call 651-792-7977
  • Other counties in Minnesota - call the Arrest the Pest Hotline, 888-545-6684


Maplewood encourages residents and businesses to remove invasive species on your property. We provide educational support and programs such as the city-wide Buckthorn Program. Here are a couple things to keep in mind when you're removing invasive plants.

  • Be 100% sure of a plant's identity before removing it. Some beneficial native plants look similar to invasive plants. If you need help with identification, take several photos of the plant (as a whole, leaves, stems and flowers) and email them to Carole Gernes.
  • Try not to disturb native plants when removing invasive plants. Pulling is not recommended for buckthorn. Disturbed soil is an ideal spot for other invasives and weeds to move in. Learn how to prevent spread of the species you are removing. After removal, add native plants or seed the area to help prevent weed establishment.
  • Preferred control methods differ for each species. For management information on individual species, clink on the Plant Species of Concern link below.


Opportunities are available to participate in an invasive species removal event, be a steward of your neighborhood park/preserve, or become an Invasive Plant Patrol Monitor. Contact Maplewood Nature Center at 651-249-2170 for current opportunities.

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