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Restoration Service Learning

  • Townsend Park 8280 6 Mile Road Northeast Rockford, MI, 49341 United States (map)

Invasive Species Project at beautiful Townsend Park!

Join like-minded volunteers in scouting and treatment of invasive species like Oriental Bittersweet vine control. Winter is a great time to control these woody plants that are threatening the trees and wildlife habitat! Experience is not necessary - training, supplies and tools will be provided. Dress warmly and expect to have fun while making a difference!

Oriental Bittersweet

Scientific name: Celastrus orbiculatus Thunb. (ITIS)
Common names: Oriental bittersweet, Asiatic bittersweet, round-leaved bittersweet, Oriental staff vine, climbing spindle berry

Selected Resources

Native To: Eastern Asia (Fryer 2011)
Date of U.S. Introduction: 1860s (Fryer 2011)
Means of Introduction: Introduced as an ornamental and for erosion control (Fryer 2011)
Impact: Grows as a vine that smothers plants and uproots trees due to its weight (Fryer 2011)

Current U.S. Distribution: Northeastern and Midwestern U.S.