Officials from the Mizzou Botanic Garden will ceremoniously cut down one of the eight Callery pear trees on campus at 9 a.m. on Friday in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources courtyard, according to a news release.

Other campus, state and nonprofit partners will also participate.

The Mizzou Botanic Garden hopes to help stop the spread of invasive trees and other non-native invasive plants that threaten native biodiversity and cause difficulty for farmers and landowners. They are hoping to spread awareness of invasive plant species by cutting down the tree, according to the release.

The other seven Callery pear trees will be removed next week.

The botanic garden is the first group to sign the Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force pledge to help control invasive species.

The Mizzou Botanic Garden, the the CAFNR Plant Sciences Division, the Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force and the Missouri Department of Conservation are working together to make this program possible.

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