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Invasive Species Control Project for Wild Parsnip

Cass County in partnership with Turtle Lake Township, Shingobee Township, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, and the Chippewa National Forest will be conducting an Invasive Species Control Project for Wild Parsnip along some County and Township roads this summer.

Wild Parsnip can be found in open areas; such as roadsides and abandoned fields.  It can be very aggressive and once it is established it can spread very quickly.  When working near wild parsnip, always wear long sleeve shirts, pants, gloves, and eye protection.  If the sap gets onto skin and is exposed to sunlight, it can cause blisters and burns.  In severe cases, tell the doctor to treat the area as a third degree burn.  The best protection from wild parsnip is to recognize the plant and cover skin.  For more information please check the following websites: http://www.dnr.wi.gov/invasives/fact/parsnip.htm or http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/terrestrialplants/herbaceous/wildparsnip.html

 

 





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