In the coming weeks the Butterfield Park District will undertake the task of removing a large quantity of non-native and invasive plant species from approximately 2.24 acres of land between Glenbriar Park and the Rt. 53 & Rt. 56 Corner lot. As we begin to manage this land you may notice a dramatic change in the appearance of the area. The area is overrun with unwanted plant species that are not native to our ecosystem and invasive. We are completing this as part of phase one in the expansion of Glenbriar Park and the creation of a beautiful addition to our community.

Invasive plants that have been unmanaged in this way devastate recreational opportunities and diminish property values by being unusable. But more importantly, they are extremely destructive to our environment. The beauty, biological diversity, and usability of this area is lost due to lack of sound management. The species present in the area such as Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii), Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica), Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum), and Mulberry (Morus alba) crowd-out and out-compete native vegetation for light and nutrients. Further, these species are allelopathic – meaning they release chemical compounds which inhibit the growth of other plants. Other species such as White Oak (Quercus alba), Black Walnut (Juglans nigra), and Hackberry (Celtis Occidentalis) will be marked and remain to thrive.

Please pardon our dust and inconvenience as we prepare the area for future development . Be assured that we will keep as many of the strong healthy trees as possible as we create a beautiful new recreational experience for our community. Please keep these environmental factors in mind as you see the changes we are making to develop this new park, as well as when you visit any of our park’s native areas.