A free class will be offered from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at the Kinnickinnic Town Hall in River Falls to educate people on how to identify wild parsnip, what to do about it and how to safely remove it. The class will cover the plant’s life cycle, the danger it poses and different ways to control it. A hands-on demonstration of its safe removal will follow the presentation.
Wild parsnip is an invasive weed that has recently taken over western Wisconsin ditches and roadways. Besides out-competing native and other desirable plants, it is harmful to people as its sap can cause severe, scarring burns on skin that has come in contact with the plant. This biennial plant is easily seen in mid-summer when the 3- to 4-foot-tall flat-topped yellow flowers are visible.
A “Parsnip Predator” tool designed by Prairie Enthusiasts can be ordered to quickly and cleanly cut through the plant’s tap root. The tool cost is $40, and it can be picked up and paid for at the class (no credit cards).
The class is free, but space is limited. Registration is requested by calling the Pierce County UW-Extension Office at 715-273-6781.