Tree of Heaven
Invasive Species Buy Back Program
What is the Erie County Invasive Species Buy-Back Program?
Erie MetroParks and Erie Soil and Water Conservation District are teaming up to bring awareness about the invasive species that may be growing in your backyard by encouraging landowners to remove the invasives to improve watershed health.
We are specifically targeting Callery Pear, Tree of Heaven, Autumn Olive, and Bush Honeysuckle. If you have one of these species on your property, you’ll have a chance to get a free native plant in exchange for cutting down/removing the targeted invasive out of your yard. Tree and shrub quantities are limited, so this program is first come, first served.
Who can participate?
Any Erie County resident may participate in the program as long as they remove a designated invasive plant from their property.
PHOTO SUBMISSION INFORMATION:
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE SUBMITTING
All photos must be submitted by September 1.
We are now accepting photo submissions of removed Callery Pear, Tree of Heaven, Autumn Olive, or Bush Honeysuckle.
The photo must include YOU with the target invasive species cut down.
(Additional photos with a close-up of removed species are preferred for identifying purposes.)
While we encourage the removal of all the invasive species on your property, this program is a 1:1 trade in. There is a limit of one native species per household.
Submission photos should be submitted through Survey 123. CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT.
Invasive Species Buy-Back Pick-Up:
Pick up date for native plant trade in will be held during Fall Fest at Osborn MetroPark on September 21st, 2024. You may contact Tara Kauffman firstname.lastname@example.org 419-625-7783 x236 if an alternate date needs arranged.
Information on Targeted Invasives:
Tree/Shrub Selection List (check back soon)
Residents should NOT remove trees or shrubs from the “tree lawn” which is the space between the public sidewalk and the street/curb.
Erie MetroParks and Erie Conservation District are not responsible for any injuries obtained from invasive species removal for this program.