Thanks to everyone for the amazing response! The Callery pear buy-back in Columbia has reached its space/tree limit, and we are no longer offering time slots for the buy-back.
Hosted by Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force, Forest ReLeaf, Missouri Department of Conservation, and Missouri Community Forestry Council.
Cut down an invasive Callery pear tree during Earth Week!
You can get an ecologically beneficial tree in exchange.
To spread awareness about how the invasive Callery (Bradford) pear tree (Pyrus calleryana) causes harm to economics and environment, the Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force, Forest ReLeaf, and Missouri Department of Conservation are hosting the first Callery Pear Buy-back in Columbia. Participants are invited to cut down their Callery pear tree and submit a photo of it to the Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force. Forest ReLeaf is providing native/noninvasive tree to each participant to replace the invasive Callery pears.
Participants are invited to pick up their trees from the MDC Central Regional Office at 3500 East Gans Road from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. To limit person-to-person contact, you must reserve a time slot and make your tree selection here on Eventbrite.
Learn more about the Buy-back and the problems with Callery pear trees here. For further questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Bill Ruppert