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.

Get involved! Jump to Sweep Weeks events (March 4–19, 2017)

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.

This spring: 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: 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

Volunteers pause in their honeysuckle clearing workMarch 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, Pavilion 4)
Organized by Greenway Network
Register

March 5, 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 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, 9 a.m.–noon
Shaw Nature Reserve (Gray Summit)
Organized by Missouri Botanical Garden/Shaw Nature Reserve
Registration for current MBG/SNR volunteers
Registration for new volunteers

March 11, 8:30–11:30 a.m.
Paul A. Schroeder Park — Note: this event is cancelled due to weather.
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 — Note: this event is cancelled due to weather.
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 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

March 12, 11 a.m.
Emmenegger Nature Park, Kirkwood  Note: this event is cancelled due to weather.
Organized by Kirkwood Parks Adopt-a-Park volunteer group
Event registration required; to register contact gwahlmann@sbcglobal.net or (314) 954-1208. Note: The March 12 event is cancelled due to weather.

March 15, 9 a.m.–noon
Creve Coeur Park (2160 Creve Coeur Mill Road, St. Louis 63146)
Organized by St. Louis Audubon
To register email mitch@stlouisaudubon.org with name, contact info, and number of participants, or call (314) 599-7390.

March 18, 8:30–11:30 a.m.
Paul A. Schroeder Park (359 Old Meramec Station Road, Manchester 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 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. Note: The March 12 event is cancelled due to weather.


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



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



 
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