YANKTON, S.D. – Beginning Monday Sept. 26 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Gavins Point Project, will conduct noxious tree removal via a licensed contractor around Lake Yankton, located below Gavins Point Dam. Some areas and trails around Lake Yankton may be temporarily closed for visitor safety. The public is asked to obey all signs, avoid closed areas and to keep away from equipment and workers during this time.
Work will consist of cutting down and removing invasive trees that have become established around Lake Yankton. Only invasive, non-native species including Russian olive trees and Siberian Elm trees will be targeted, and all other native trees will remain. These non-native trees have slowed the establishment of native trees and vegetation around the lake. This work will promote the establishment of native trees and vegetation and create a more natural environment to promote wildlife habitat and increase public recreational opportunities. All work is anticipated to be completed by October 31, 2016, if weather conditions allow.
Release no. 20160923-001