Weed pulling day at Pincushion -- July 18
Pincushion Mountain Overlook in Grand Marais is one of the most picturesque locations on the North Shore. Unfortunately, this beautiful place has become infested with an invasive plant called St. John’s Wort. You can help remove these invasive plants during a public weed pull event on July 18 from 2 to 4 p.m.
St. John’s Wort is a perennial herb with several 1- to 3-foot-tall semi-woody stems containing clusters of yellow star-shaped flowers. This species prefers poor, sandy, dry soils with full sun and has been found on several rocky outcroppings in northeastern Minnesota.
Volunteers are needed to hand pull and bag St. John’s Wort and seed the area with a native wildflower mix, and are asked to bring work gloves (some will be provided).
To get to Pincushion Overlook from Highway 61 in Grand Marais, drive 2.5 miles north on the Gunflint Trail (Cook County 12), then east on the Scenic Overlook Road to parking. The event is sponsored by the Cook County Invasive Team. For more information contact Michael Lynch at (218) 387-3772.