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:

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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 26; 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 26; 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Shady Creek Nature Sanctuary (112 W Kirkham Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119)
For more information, contact Yvonne Steingruby at steingrubyy@webstergroves.org or (314) 963-5457.
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.