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 Month.

FALL 2019 Honeysuckle Sweep will be the entire month of November. Check back in late October for a list of events.

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: October & November 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.

Honeysuckle Removal Events:

Volunteers pause in their honeysuckle clearing work October 12; 9 a.m.–noon
Al Foster Memorial Trailhead (225 Grand Avenue, Wildwood, MO 63038)
Helping remove invasive honeysuckle along the trail will improve water quality and enhance wildlife habitat! Work gloves and tools will be provided. Register

October 25; 9 a.m.–noon
Pleasant Ridge Park (401 Pleasant Ridge Road, Fairview Heights, IL 62208)
Organized by Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois/Fairview Heights Parks and Recreation
For more information or to register contact Gwen Hites at ghites@att.net.

Saturdays, Mondays, and Thursdays during November; 9 a.m.–noon Saturdays and Mondays and 8 a.m.–noon on Thursdays
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

Sundays in November; 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Emmenegger Nature Park (11991 Stoneywood Dr., Kirkwood, MO 63126)
Organized by Forest Aid
For more information or to register, email gwahlmann@sbcglobal.net. Bring hand saws, eye protection, work gloves.

November 2; 9 a.m.–noon
Al Foster Memorial Trailhead (225 Grand Avenue, Wildwood, MO 63038)
Helping remove invasive honeysuckle along the trail will improve water quality and enhance wildlife habitat! Work gloves and tools will be provided. Register

November 2; 9 a.m.–afternoon
Marthasville Trail Head (Katy Trail State Park, Marthasville, Missouri)
Organized by Missouri State Parks, Katy Trail State Park; Magnificent Missouri (Katy Land Trust)
Bring work gloves, work clothes with high-topped closed-toed shoes, sun screen, water bottles, and insect repellent. To register Contact Graham Cave State Park by telephone at (573) 563-2476 or by email at GrahamCaveStatePark@dnr.mo.gov.

November 2; 9–11 a.m.
Willoughby Heritage Farm and Conservation Reserve (631 Willoughby Lane, Collinsville, IL 62234; meet at the Pavilion)
To register, email bhill@collinsvilleil.org or just show up.

November 9; 8:30 a.m.–noon
Creve Coeur Memorial Park (near 13219 Streetcar Drive, Maryland Heights, MO 63043—upper park: follow directions on registration site)
Organized by St. Louis Audubon
For more information, contact Mitch at stlaudubon@charter.net or (314) 599-7390.
Register

November 9; 8:30–11:30 a.m.
Quarry Park (1703 Marshall Rd., Kirkwood, MO 63122)
Organized by Kirkwood Parks and Recreation
For more in formation, contact Kylie Christanell at (314) 984-5993 or christkr@kirkwoodmo.org.

Register

November 9; 9 a.m.–noon
Forest Park: Kennedy Forest (Government Drive new picnic sites 13 & 14)
Organized by Forest Park Forever
For more in formation, contact Amy Witt at (314) 333-2474 or awitt@forestparkforever.org or Michele Blanke at (314) 225-5210 or mblanke@forestparkforever.org. Bring work gloves.

Register

November 9; 9 a.m.–noon
Broemmelsiek Park (1795 Hwy DD, Defiance, MO 63341, Shelter 7)
Organized by St. Charles County Parks
For more in formation, contact Chuck Collins at (314) 412-5355 or JCollins@sccmo.org or John Bugh at JBugh@sccmo.org.

Register

November 9; 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Schulze Nature Preserve (370 M.E. Frick Dr, Washington, MO 63090)
Organized by Ozark Regional Land Trust
For more in formation, contact Nic Rogers at (573) 817-2020 or nic.rogers@ozarklandtrust.org.

November 15; 9 a.m.–noon
Olin Nature Preserve (meet at The Nature Institute visitor parking lot: 2213 S. Levis Ln, Godfrey, IL 62035)
We will hand pull and cut bush honeysuckle on our Olin Nature Preserve. We can provide hand saws and loppers, but feel free to bring your own gloves and tools (no power tools). Contact Eric Wright with any questions at ewright@thenatureinstitute.org.

November 16; 8:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m.
Shady Creek Nature Sanctuary (112 W Kirkham Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119)
Organized by City of Webster Groves
For more information, contact Yvonne Steingruby at steingrubyy@webstergroves.org or (314) 963-5457.
Register

November 16; 9–11 a.m.
Willoughby Heritage Farm and Conservation Reserve (631 Willoughby Lane, Collinsville, IL 62234; meet at the Pavilion)
To register email bhill@collinsvilleil.org or just show up.

November 16; 8:30 a.m.–noon
Creve Coeur Memorial Park (near 13219 Streetcar Drive, Maryland Heights, MO 63043—upper park: follow directions on registration site)
Organized by St. Louis Audubon
For more information, contact Mitch at stlaudubon@charter.net or (314) 599-7390.
Register

November 16; 8–10 a.m.
Edie's Mulch Site (9810 S. Outer Forty Dr., Ladue, MO 63141)
To register, email Ashley Quinn at publicworks@cityofladue-mo.gov. Bring your own pruning tool.

November 23; 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
2709 Shackelford Rd., Florissant, MO 63031 (we will have directional signs off Shackelford directing to the meeting location on the property)
Organized by The Nature Conservancy
For more information, contact Rebecca Weaver at rebecca.weaver@tnc.org . Participants will need sturdy shoes, water bottle, work gloves (if you have them). We will provide tools and additional work gloves.
Register

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

 

Honeysuckle Sweep for Healthy Habitats Recap

SPRING 2019 Sweep Results:

40 Events
16
Locations
392
Volunteers
1292
Volunteer Hours
32.3
Acres Cleared
     
2018 Sweep Results:

39 Events
 18
Locations
722
Volunteers
 2154
Volunteer Hours
 35.75
Acres Cleared
     
2017 Sweep Results:

 28 Events
 22
Locations
800
Volunteers
2190
Volunteer Hours
 20
Acres Cleared
     
2016 Sweep Results:

 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.