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Missouri Department of Conservation offers buyback program to combat 'growing infestations' of invasive pear trees

With a plethora of invasive Callery pears planted across the state, conservation officials are offering a buyback program with a free replacement tree pickup in Columbia. All people have to do is send in at least one photo of each Callery pear tree they cut down and register.

Missouri Department of Conservation, in partnership with others, will host the buyback program from 3-7 p.m. April 20.

“Callery pears have been a tree many people have enjoyed for years,” said Ann Koenig, MDC Community Forester, via news release. “However, besides the fact that these trees often break apart in storms, and that they have foul-smelling flowers, it turns out these trees are spreading throughout fields and forests, causing problems in our more natural areas.