Bradford Pear Tree Added To Ohio Invasive Species List

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What some believe is one of Ohio’s beautiful trees to look at each spring and fall, has been added to Ohio’s list of invasive species. The callery pear tree, known to many as the Bradford Pear Tree, will no longer be available for planting, sale or importing in Ohio after 2022.

This ruling does “not” require existing callery pear trees to be cut down.

Bradford Pear Trees were brought to North America in the 1960s from China and Taiwan, brought by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Soon the medium-sized landscaping tree became the most popular ornamental tree.

But its strong odor has become a problem for many and the tree creates a mess when the blooms fall. The trees choke out other plants and cost countless hours and resources to clear them from native woodlands.

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According to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, in order to protect native plant species and thwart the growth of invasive plant species, 38 plants have been declared invasive in Ohio. No person shall sell, offer for sale, propagate, distribute, import or intentionally cause the dissemination of any invasive plant in the state of Ohio.

Currently, callery pear (Pyrus calleryana) can be sold until January 2023.

Concerning the shipment of callery pear trees to other states from Ohio, many other states also have regulations prohibiting or restricting the sales of certain plants that have been deemed to be invasive or noxious. Check with your nursery inspector if you have questions about shipping plants out of Ohio and to ensure you have the most current lists of prohibited invasive plants.

The complete list of current Ohio invasive species can be found by going to the following link. CLICK HERE: 

Incoming H.S. Students Invited To Attend The 4-H Spark Expo

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A 4-H experience for students going into 9th grade for the 2022-23 school year are being invited to attend “4-H Spark Expo” in Columbus, June 16th-18th.

4-H Spark Expo is:

  • three days and two nights of fun and learning.
  • a chance for youth to develop valuable skills, make new friends, and fuel individual growth.
  • a first glimpse of the premiere college and career readiness program, Ohio 4 H Pathways to the Future.
  • a collaboration between Ohio 4-H and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
  • jam-packed with career exploration sessions designed just for us!

WHEN: June 16-18, 2022

WHERE: Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, OH 43210 on the OSU campus

COST: Thanks to generous financial support from the Ohio 4-H Foundation and others, the registration fee is $75.

To attend, youth must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete 8th grade at the end of the 2021-2022 school year
  • Willing to experience in-depth “action learning” in specific interest areas
  • Be eager to share new ideas with 4-H members back home
  • Participate in additional Ohio 4-H Pathways to the Future programming throughout the upcoming year


June 17 is devoted to exploring possible career choices offered through Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Youth will attend four sessions assigned from preferences reflected on their registration form.

For more information or to pre-register at

Environment Gets Attention During Upcoming Local Events

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A couple of local events will bring attention to cleaning up the environment.

One is the 24th Annual Scioto River Waterway Cleanup on April 23rd and the other is an Earth Day Photo Contest, which has an April 30th entry deadline. See below for full details:

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