Cape Girardeau Nature Center holds Callery pear tree buyback program

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center invited the community to buy a tree and help cut down a certain kind of tree Tuesday. 

Jennifer Behnken, community forester, say the buyback program is a joint effort in Missouri but the plan to get rid of the Callery pear tree is nationwide.  

“Callery pear buyback program Missouri invasive plant council Missouri Department of Conservation and what we’re trying to do is we’re trying to promote having replacements for Callery pears,” said Behnken. 

The Nature Center is taking efforts to buy back the tree because the trees have a lot of problems with them. 

 “Unfortunately when the Bradford pear was developed it was determined to be a sterile tree pollinate and it would create new tree,” said Behnken.  

The buyback program is a great way to get a tree and replacement. 

“These are by no means the only kind of trees we recommend this particular event,” said Behnken. 

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