2024 Reduce Invasive Species Challenge
This year MC-IRIS has chosen to focus our education and control efforts on THREE invasive plant species in landscaping! If you remove Callery pear, burning bush, or Japanese barberry from your yard you are eligible for a replacement tree or shrub.
Join us to help reduce the amount of invasive landscaping in Monroe County!
Callery pear, burning bush, and Japanese barberry have escaped from city green spaces, residential yards, and business landscaping throughout Monroe County. They spread easily to neighboring properties, along right-of-way corridors, and into our surrounding forests and fields, negatively impacting our biodiversity and watersheds. For more information on the identification and control of these species, click below on the name above the picture.
Eligible Invasive Species in Landscaping
(Click the species name for more information)
Replacement Trees and Shrubs
Remove a Callery pear that's over 2" diameter from your landscaping and you can choose from one of the six native trees in the slide show to the right and in the table below. (add big tree) In the application (linked below) you must upload a picture of the cut tree that is identifiable as Callery pear.
Japanese Barberry and Burning Bush
Remove a Japanese barberry or burning bush that is over 3' tall from your landscaping and you can choose from one of the native shrubs in the slide show to the right and in the table below.
For more information on these native trees and shrubs, look them up in the Missouri Botanic Garden's Plant Finder.