Tuesday, June 4, 2013

What to do with buckthorn?

As a "buckthorn buster" I enjoyed reading about a successful project that removed buckthorn from a nature preserve in Anoka, MN ( Anoka preserve is a major proving ground in Minnesota's buckthorn battle). This invasive shrub has come to dominate the understory of many parks and forested areas. One of the challenges with this prolific species is what to do with all of the wood once it has been harvested.

I have discovered one usage, albeit a small one.  I cut buckthorn branches into thin disks and burn peace symbols into these discs for use in the packaging of cards for my PicturingPeace photo card line.

Just for fun I also made some coasters utilizing buckthorn discs.

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