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A fun workout, and no barberries

The Sharon Mountain Preserve trail is now free of barberry bushes on its edges, thanks to clearing done on Aug. 8 and 9 by Sharon Land Trust Land Steward Tim Hunter, second from left in photo above, and volunteers Emerson Rinehart, far left, and Heather, Eli and Daniel Gibbons. Photo by Quincy Cabot

SHARON — Until recently, the Sharon Mountain Preserve trail in Sharon was fully infested with barberry bushes. 

For the uninitiated, barberries are the bane of hikers, wielding both thorns and an impressive number of ticks. Tim Hunter, land steward for the Sharon Land Trust, said that if the invasive nonnative plants get too close to the trail, “they increase the chances of hikers getting ticks by up to five times.”

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