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.

Fall 2018 Honeysuckle Sweep Weeks will be October 27–November 11.

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 Week Events: October 27–November 11, 2018

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 SWEEP KICKOFF EVENT:
Please join us in kicking off the Fall 2018 Honeysuckle Sweep Weeks! This event will be held at the Shaw Nature Reserve Carriage House on October 26th from 4–6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Allison Brown, Restoration Outreach Coordinator at Missouri Botanical Garden, will give a short talk on invasive bush honeysuckle followed by a half-mile restoration hike, which will highlight woodland areas that were once completely full of honeysuckle.
Register

Honeysuckle Removal Events:

Volunteers pause in their honeysuckle clearing work

October 20; 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Faust Park at main pavilion (Chesterfield)
Organized by City of Chesterfield
Contact Collin Kinkade for registration: ckinkade@chesterfield.mo.us or (636) 537-4705.

October 27; 8–11 a.m.
National Museum of Transportation (Kirkwood)
Contact April Anderson at (847) 289-9760 or team.nature.ed@gmail.com.

October 27; 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Meramec Highlands Quarry at Dee Koestering Park (Kirkwood)
Organized by Kirkwood Parks
Register

October 27; 9 a.m.–noon
Shaw Nature Reserve (Gray Summit)
For more information, contact Mike Saxton at (314) 577-9535 or mike.saxton@mobot.org.
Register

October 27; 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Conway Cemetery (Chesterfield)
Organized by City of Chesterfield
Contact Collin Kinkade for registration: ckinkade@chesterfield.mo.us or (636) 537-4705.

October 27; 8:30–11:30 a.m.
Lorraine Davis Park (Webster Groves)
Organized by Great Rivers Greenway/Webster Groves/Deer Creek Watershed Alliance
Register

October 27; 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Willoughby Farm and Conservation Reserve (Collinsville, IL)
Register by emailing willoughby@collinsvilleil.org or calling (618) 977-0941.

October 27; 9 a.m.–noon
O'Fallon Park (St. Louis)
Organized by Back to Nature Project
For more information, contact Allison Brown at abrown@mobot.org or (314) 577-9473 x 76312.
Register

October 28; 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Emmenegger Nature Park (Kirkwood)
Organized by Forest Aid
For more information, email gwahlmann@sbcglobal.net.

Register

October 29; 9 a.m.–noon
Shaw Nature Reserve (Gray Summit)
For more information, contact Mike Saxton at (314) 577-9535 or mike.saxton@mobot.org.
Register

November 1; 8 a.m.–noon
Shaw Nature Reserve (Gray Summit)
For more information, contact Mike Saxton at (314) 577-9535 or mike.saxton@mobot.org.
Register

November 2; 9 a.m.–noon
The Nature Institute (Godfrey, IL)
Organized by The Nature Institute
For more information, contact Eric Wright at (618) 466-9930 or info@thenatureinstitute.org.
Register

November 2
Organized by Missouri Botanical Garden/Great Rivers Greenway/Webster Groves/Novogradac & Company LLP

November 2
Organized by Curium

November 3; 9 a.m.–noon
Forest Park (St. Louis)
Organized by Forest Park Forever
Register

November 3; 8:30–11:30 a.m.
Meramec Highlands Quarry at Dee Koestering Park (Kirkwood)
Organized by Kirkwood Parks Assistance Corps
For more information, contact Kylie Christanell at (314) 984-5993 or kparkv@kirkwoodmo.org.

Register

November 3; 9 a.m.–noon
Katy Trailhead @ Marthasville, MO
Organized by Katy Land Trust/ Katy Trail State Park
No registration needed; just show up. Contact doty.jay@gmail.com with questions.

November 3; 9 a.m.–noon
Shaw Nature Reserve (Gray Summit)
For more information, contact Mike Saxton at (314) 577-9535 or mike.saxton@mobot.org.
Register

November 4; 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Emmenegger Nature Park (Kirkwood)
Organized by Forest Aid
For more information, email gwahlmann@sbcglobal.net.

Register

November 4; 9 a.m.–noon
Katy Trailhead @ Marthasville, MO
Organized by Katy Land Trust/ Katy Trail State Park
No registration needed; just show up. Contact doty.jay@gmail.com with questions.

November 5; 9 a.m.–noon
Shaw Nature Reserve (Gray Summit)
For more information, contact Mike Saxton at (314) 577-9535 or mike.saxton@mobot.org.
Register

November 7
Greenwood Cemetery
Organized by Missouri Botanical Garden Staff

November 8
Organized by The Open Space Council for the St. Louis Region

November 8; 9 a.m.–noon
Shaw Nature Reserve (Gray Summit)
For more information, contact Mike Saxton at (314) 577-9535 or mike.saxton@mobot.org.
Register

November 9; 9 a.m.–noon
Al Foster Trail Head (Wildwood)
Organized by The Open Space Council for the St. Louis Region
Register

November 10; 8:30–11:30 a.m.
Meramec Highlands Quarry at Dee Koestering Park (Kirkwood)
Organized by Kirkwood Parks Assistance Corps
For more information, contact Kylie Christanell at (314) 984-5993 or kparkv@kirkwoodmo.org.

Register

November 10; 9 a.m.–noon
Al Foster Trail Head (Wildwood)
Organized by The Open Space Council for the St. Louis Region
Register

November 10; 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Willoughby Farm and Conservation Reserve (Collinsville, IL)
Register by emailing willoughby@collinsvilleil.org or calling (618) 977-0941.

November 10; 9 a.m.–noon
"Upper Park" at Creve Coeur Park (Maryland Heights)
Organized by STL Audubon
Register

November 17; 8:30–10:30 a.m.
Rodes Park (Ladue)
Organized by by City of Ladue Public Works and Beautification, Open Space, and Tree Advisory (BOSTA) Committee
For more information or to register, contact Ashley Quinn at aquinn@cityofladue-mo.gov.

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 NEW
Invasive Species Information Pages

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

 

Sweep Weeks Recap

2018 Sweeps by the Numbers (Spring only):

 8 Events
 6
Locations
 190
Volunteers
 550+
Volunteer Hours
 ~90,000
Plants Removed
 10
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.