The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and Conservation Corps Minnesota are teaming up with public and private landowners to tackle an unwanted woody vine that is climbing into Minnesota communities.
The vine is Oriental bittersweet and it spirals into tree canopies in Minnesota's forests, parks and yards, and does a lot of damage.
The invasive vine can engulf and break trees and overwhelm entire areas of forests. The vines can also damage utility lines and create hazardous situations that are dangerous to people and property.
Large Oriental bittersweet infestations are confirmed in Winona and Red Wing. Conservation Corps is now working to control the vines in residential neighborhoods in Red Wing and will continue until the vines leaf out and become difficult to handle. Crews will return to Red Wing and begin work in Winona in the fall.
If residents suspect they have Oriental bittersweet, they can report infestations to the MDA by calling 888-545-6684.