Oriental Bittersweet Tours
Winona County will be hosting free public tours on Wednesday, October 23rd and Saturday October 26th, of trees being overrun by Oriental Bittersweet.
Winona County is ground zero for the invasive Oriental Bittersweet in Minnesota, as home to the worst infestations in the state. This woody vine has already toppled trees in Winona County, and unless controlled, can quickly turn woodlands into impenetrable thickets, impassable to hunters and hikers.
Tour attendees will be able to view Oriental Bittersweet side-by-side with American Bittersweet, the species native to the U.S. Oriental Bittersweet. Eradication techniques will also be discussed.
The one hour tours will take place at Stone Point Park on Wednesday from 5:30 - 6:30 pm, and on Saturday, from 10:00 - 11:00 am. Hiking attire is recommended.
Stone Point Park is accessed via Stone Point Road, which; if driving from Winona, is a left turn off of US Highway 43 above the quarry and before the top of the hill.