Fighting Invasive Plants – Shed Training

Some plants may look beautiful, but they can have a devastating effect. Nonnative invasive plants effect human health, economics, forest ecology and recreational interests. The North Shore is fortunate to have not experienced the invasions other parts of the state have. However, that does not mean we are immune. We need your help to keep invasives from spreading.

Sugarloaf is working to help you control and prevent invasives along the North Shore.

Community Forest Restoration Shed Training Sessions and supply pick up dates and times.

Do you want to remove invasive plants like tansy or Canada thistle from your land but don’t know how or don’t have the right equipment?

The Community Forest Restoration Shed at Sugarloaf Cove houses tools, herbicide application equipment, and herbicides that are available for anyone to use. People wishing to use herbicides must participate in a two-hour training on herbicides, safety, and invasive plants of the North Shore. 

If you have already attended a training session you can arrange to pick up supplies on the training session days. You still must complete the registration form. You will be asked whether you need training or not when you register.

During the training sessions, participants will learn how herbicides work, how to apply herbicides correctly and safely, and alternate control methods. Herbicides and herbicide application equipment is available during training times ONLY. A list of equipment that is available for use can be found HERE.

Training sessions are $20/person. $18 for members of Sugarloaf.

If you have already taken the course and would like to retrain this year, please complete the registration form. Cost $12 for backpack sprayer and herbicide; $10 for Sugarloaf members.

Payment will be collected online when you register. YOU MUST REGISTER TO ATTEND or RECEIVE SUPPLIES.

Registration is limited to 6 people per class/supplies.

2023 Date TBA

Equipment for the shed was purchased with the assistance from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Sustain our Great Lakes grant. Trainings are in partnership with the Cook County Invasives Team and the U.S. Forest Service.



Invasive Plant Identification and Treatment

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