Honeysuckle Sweep for Healthy Habitat

In 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.

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.

Our next Honeysuckle Sweep Week will be March 4–19, 2017.

Honeysuckle Sweep Week Events: March 4–19, 2017

Please Note:

  • All events are volunteer honeysuckle removal unless otherwise noted.
  • RSVP 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:

Featured Event:

March 6–10, 7 a.m.–6 p.m. (two- and three-hour shifts available)
The World’s First Honeysuckle Hackathon
Free Kirkwood Park from Invasive Bush Honeysuckle
For information, contact the Kirkwood Parks Volunteer Coordinator at (314) 984-5993 or kparkv@kirkwoodmo.org.
Learn more and register

Deloitte Green Service Day group; Volunteer attacking honeysuckleMarch 4, 9 a.m.–noon
Deer Creek Park
Organized by Webster Groves and Missouri Botanical Garden
For infomation contact Nelson Curran at nelson.curran@mobot.org or (314) 577-9473.
Download flyer
Register

March 4,  9 a.m.
Blanchette Park (1900 Randolph, St. Charles, MO, Pavilion 4)
Organized by Greenway Network
Register

March 5, 12,and 19, 11 a.m.
Emmenegger Nature Park, Kirkwood
Organized by Kirkwood Parks Adopt-a-Park volunteer group
Event registration required; to register contact gwahlmann@sbcglobal.net or (314) 954-1208.

March 7, all day beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Paul A. Schroeder Park (359 Old Meramec Station Road, Manchester, MO 63021)
Organized by City of Manchester and Missouri Master Naturalists, Great River Chapter
For information or to register contact Becky at (636) 391-6326 x 400.

March 10 and 17, 8:30–11:30 a.m.
Paul A. Schroeder Park (359 Old Meramec Station Road, Manchester, MO 63021)
Organized by City of Manchester and Missouri Master Naturalists, Great River Chapter
For information or to register contact Becky at (636) 391-6326 x 400.

March 11, 9 a.m.–noon
Laumeier Sculpture Park
Organized by Missouri Botanical Garden and St. Louis County Parks
For infomation contact Nelson Curran at nelson.curran@mobot.org or (314) 577-9473.
Download flyer
Register

March 11, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
The College School, Labarque Campus (4180 Doc Sargent Rd. Pacific, MO 63069)
Organized by The College School 
Contact Tim Wood at Twood@thecollegeschool.org or (314) 629-8600.

March 11, 9 a.m.–noon
Honeysuckle Hack at Forest River Trail Park
Organized by the Open Space Council for St. Louis Region
Register


Restoration/Planting Events:

March 14, 9 a.m.–noon
Forest Park Restoration Project (plant native trees)
Organized by Forest Park Forever
For information email agrossmann@forestparkforever.org or call (314) 561-3286.
Download flyer
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

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

 

2016 Sweep Weeks Recap

2016 Sweeps by the Numbers:

 25   Events
 613

Volunteers
 ~15,000
Plants Removed
 646,866
Square Feet 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

Post Your Progress!

Share photos of your sweep on Instagram and tag them with #honeysucklesweep to show off your progress and inspire other gardeners!