New billboard of Bradford pear trees appears on US 41


VANDERBURGH COUNTY,(WEHT) – On your commute to work Tuesday morning you may have noticed a new billboard off US 41.

The Vanderburgh County Soil and Water Conservation district put up the advertisement to inform people that Bradford pear trees are more destructive than meets the eye.

The invasive species may be pretty when in bloom, but they are also choking out native plant life within the tristate.

Invasive species technician Megan Ritterskamp is putting out a bounty in hopes to eradicate the pear trees.

“On top of being considered highly invasive, they spread lots of seeds into these natural areas, Bradford pear trees, Callery pear trees are really just awful trees. They have a really weak branching structure and they fall apart and we have a lot of large storms that come through here in the tristate area. They’re going to fall apart.”

With a picture of your destroyed Bradford pear, the SWCD will provide a native tree in its place.

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(This story was originally published on March 10, 2020)

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