Honeysuckle Sweep for Healthy Habitat

NO Bush HoneysuckleIn an effort to energize the greater St. Louis region around improving habitat for our native plants and animals, area conservation organizations join together to spotlight invasive bush honeysuckle and the need to remove it so that large swaths of land can become productive areas for native habitat, recreation and enjoyment. To that end, organizations will host public events and volunteer removal days during Honeysuckle Sweep Weeks.

Spring 2019 Honeysuckle Sweep will be the entire month of March. See events below!

Goals 

  • Raise public awareness about the need for bush honeysuckle removal and the benefits to wildlife and humans of replanting with native plants. Utilize creative events as well as informative volunteer removals opportunities.
  • Remove bush honeysuckle.
 
Rock Bridge State Park
Rock Bridge State Park. Photo by Erick Bohle.

What should our forests, streams and roadways look like without bush honeysuckle choking them?
Eric Bohle of Columbia, Missouri has photographed infested and restored sites around Missouri and in St. Louis. His photo to the left shows an area in Rock Bridge State Park that does not yet have a bush honeysuckle infestation.

Visit parks and natural areas where acreage cleared of bush honeysuckle is being restored with native plants after recent removal events! You’ll find ideas to replace the honeysuckle “privacy hedge” on your property with native bushes, trees and flowers. Two such areas to visit are the Forest Park – Kennedy Woods Savannah in the City of St. Louis and Emmenegger Nature Park in Kirkwood.

 

Honeysuckle Sweep Month Events: March 2019

Please Note:

  • All events are volunteer honeysuckle removal unless otherwise noted.
  • Registration is often requested—check each description.
  • Please bring sturdy shoes, water bottle and gloves (if you have them).
  • Each organization will have additional information on hand to help ensure the safety of participants.

SPECIAL EVENT:
Trial of Bush Honeysuckle Viewing
Friday, March 1, 6 p.m.
Stone Spiral Coffee & Curios
2500 Sutton Blvd.
Maplewood, MO 63143

Honeysuckle Removal Events:

Volunteers pause in their honeysuckle clearing work

February 26, March 5 & 26; 9 a.m.–10:30 p.m.
Lorraine Davis Park (700 Lorraine Davis Ln., Webster Groves, MO 63119)
Organized by the City of Webster Groves and Deer Creek Watershed Alliance
For more information, contact Yvonne Steingruby at steingrubyy@webstergroves.org or (314) 963-5457.
Register

March 2; 9 a.m.–noon
Heartland Prairie (Gordon F. Moore Community Park, 4550 College Ave., Alton, IL)
Organized by The Nature Institute
No registration required. For more information, contact Eric Wright at ewright@thenatureinstitute.org or (618) 466-9930.

March 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30; 9 a.m.–noon
Shaw Nature Reserve (307 Pinetum Loop Rd., Gray Summit, MO 63039)
Organized by Shaw Nature Reserve.
For more information, contact Mike Saxton at (314) 577-9535 or mike.saxton@mobot.org.

Register

March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; 11 a.m.
Emmenegger Nature Park (11991 Stoneywood Dr., Kirkwood, MO 63126)
Organized by Forest Aid
For more information or to register, email gwahlmann@sbcglobal.net.

March 5; 9 a.m.–noon
George Winter Park (401 Allen Rd., St. Louis, MO 63026)
Organized by The Open Space Council
For more information, contact Caitlin Zera at (314) 835-9225 or caitlin@openspacestl.org.

Register

March 7, 14, 21, 28; 8 a.m.–noon
Shaw Nature Reserve (307 Pinetum Loop Rd., Gray Summit, MO 63039)
Organized by Shaw Nature Reserve.
For more information, contact Mike Saxton at (314) 577-9535 or mike.saxton@mobot.org.

Register

March 8; 9 a.m.–noon
Lower Meramec Park (6841 Holzer Park Rd., St. Louis, MO 63129)
Organized by The Open Space Council
For more information, contact Caitlin Zera at (314) 835-9225 or caitlin@openspacestl.org.

Register

March 9; 9 a.m.–noon
Lower Meramec Park (6841 Holzer Park Rd., St. Louis, MO 63129)
Organized by The Open Space Council
For more information, contact Caitlin Zera at (314) 835-9225 or caitlin@openspacestl.org
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Register

March 9; 9 a.m.–noon
Francis R. Slay Park (3100 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, MO 63143)
Organized by Clifton Heights Neighborhood
For more information, contact Steve Calvin at (314) 393-0659 or steve@nativelandscape.biz
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March 12; 9 a.m.–10:30 p.m.
Larson Park (2 Denver Place, Webster Groves, MO 63119)
Organized by the City of Webster Groves and Deer Creek Watershed Alliance
For more information, contact Yvonne Steingruby at steingrubyy@webstergroves.org or (314) 963-5457.
Register

March 19; 9 a.m.–10:30 p.m.
Deer Creek Park (849 E. Pacific Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119)
Organized by the City of Webster Groves and Deer Creek Watershed Alliance
For more information, contact Yvonne Steingruby at steingrubyy@webstergroves.org or (314) 963-5457.
Register

March 23; 9 a.m.–noon
Village of Swansea (1444 Boul Ave., Swansea, IL)
For more information, contact Brian Wells at (618) 971-5503 or bwells@swanseail.org. Register via email, Facebook (Friends of Swansea Parks, Swansea, Illinois) or just show up.

March 23; 8–11 a.m.
Quarry Park (1703 Marshall Rd., Kirkwood, MO 63122)
Organized by Kirkwood Parks
For more in formation, contact Kylie Christanell at (314) 984-5993 or kparkv@kirkwoodmo.org.

Register

March 29; 8:15 a.m.–2 p.m.
Steger 6th Grade Center (701 N. Rock Hill Rd., Rock Hill, MO 63119)
Organized by Steger 6th Grade Center
For more information, contact Lisa Picker at (314) 313-7548 or picker.lisa@wgmail.org.
Register

March 29; 9 a.m.–noon
2213 S. Levis Ln., Godfrey, IL 62035
Organized by The Nature Institute
No registration required. For more information, contact Eric Wright at ewright@thenatureinstitute.org or (618) 466-9930.

March 30; 9 a.m.–noon
22 Signal Park Ln., Belleville, IL
Organized by HeartLands Conservancy
For more information or to register, contact Sarah Vogt at sarah.vogt@heartlandsconservancy.org or (618) 566-4451 x 23.

Resources

Bush honeysuckle Invasive bush honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) degrades our neighborhoods, backyards, trails, woodlands, fields and stream banks into impenetrable thickets lacking ecological, economic or recreational value.

Learn more and find out how you can help:

Bush Honeysuckle History, Removal, Control, Alternatives and MORE:
Missouri Botanical Garden's
Homeowner Guide to Invasive
Bush Honeysuckle

Root-docking Tutorial for Bush Honeysuckle Removal:
Watch video

Invasive Species General Information:
Missouri Botanical Garden's
Invasive Species Information Pages

Get Involved in Citizen Science!
Science Teachers of Missouri
Bush Honeysuckle Project

 

Sweep Weeks Recap

2018 Sweeps by the Numbers:

39 Events
 18
Locations
722
Volunteers
 2154
Volunteer Hours
 ~300,000
Plants Removed
 35.75
Acres Cleared
     
2017 Sweeps by the Numbers:

 28 Events
 22
Locations
800
Volunteers
2190
Volunteer Hours
 ~365,000
Plants Removed
 20
Acres Cleared
     
2016 Sweeps by the Numbers:

 25   Events/Locations
 613

Volunteers
 14
Acres Cleared
     

“I appreciate the leadership that was shown on this project. Although we regularly fight honeysuckle and other invasive species, this year we did it with more enthusiasm and with more volunteers. Many thanks to both of you and to Mo Bot for pushing this project.”

—Tim Wood, Sustainability Coordinator, The College School

A Community Initiative to Promote, Protect and Plan for Biodiversity Throughout the Greater St. Louis Region



Honeysuckle Sweep for Healthy Habitat sponsorship support by
the Trio Foundation of St. Louis.