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NO Bush HoneysuckleBiodiverseCity St. Louis Network partners join together to spotlight the harmful impact of bush honeysuckle on our region. Bush honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) degrades our beautiful woodlands, neighborhoods, backyards, trails, and stream banks into impenetrable thickets lacking ecological, economic, or recreational value. Beginning in 2016, organizations have hosted biannual public events and volunteer workdays throughout the months of March and November. Volunteers remove bush honeysuckle and replant with native species to improve public spaces for wildlife habitat, recreation, and enjoyment.

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 Month(s).

FALL 2022 Honeysuckle Sweep will be the entire month of November. Volunteer dates and events are posted below. You can also find a list of educational resources below.

Project Goals:

  • Remove bush honeysuckle to promote the establishment of native plant species
  • Raise public awareness about the need for bush honeysuckle removal and the benefits of replacing invasive plant species with native plant species
  • Connect corridors and greenspaces throughout the St. Louis region to improve habitat for wildlife

How can bush honeysuckle threaten our local landscapes?

Bush honeysuckle can rapidly develop into dense infestations that:

  • Displace native and other desirable plants from our gardens and natural areas
  • Reduce habitat for wildlife such as butterflies, which depend upon native plants
  • Threaten the future of our woodlands, as mature trees die without replacement
  • Offer poor nutritional value for birds relative to fruits of native shrubs
  • Increase tick abundance and exposure to tick borne illness dues to higher deer concentration
  • Increase survival of mosquito larvae due to changes in water chemistry

What should our forests, streams and roadways look like without bush honeysuckle choking them?

Rock Bridge State Park
Rock Bridge State Park. Photo by Erick Bohle.
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.

 

Please Note:

  • While the Missouri Botanical Garden is not the organizer of any of the events listed below, we strongly encourage all volunteers to follow CDC recommended guidelines for safety and prevention of the spread of COVID-19 when participating in Honeysuckle Sweep events.
  • 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.

 

past participantsOctober 22, 11 a.m.
Honeysuckle Hack at 509 State Rte 155, Prairie Du Rocher, IL 62277
Organized by Friends of IL Nature Preserves
Learn more

November 5, 8 a.m.
Honeysuckle Hack at 9810 S. Outer Forty Dr
Organized by City of Ladue
Please bring a refillable water bottle and pruning tool
Register by emailing Ashley Quinn at publicworks@cityofladue-mo.gov.

November 5, 9 a.m.
Honeysuckle Removal at Castlewood State Park
Organized by Open Space Council STL
Due to steepness of creek banks, this event is not recommended to those with limited mobility. Registration is limited to ages 16 & up
Register

November 5, 8:30 a.m.
Honeysuckle Sweep at 359 Old Meramec Station Rd. Manchester, MO
Organized by City of Manchester
Please dress appropriately for weather and wear closed-toe shoes
Register by emailing Rebecca Pate at rpate@manchestermo.gov.

November 12, 9 a.m.–noon
Back to Nature Honeysuckle Hack at Crestwood Park
Organized by Open Space Council STL
Due to steepness of creek banks, this event is not recommended to those with limited mobility. Registration is limited to ages 12 & up
Register

November 12, 9–11 a.m.
Woodland Restoration – Honeysuckle Hack at St. Vincent Park
Organized by the Open Space Council
Register

November 19, 8:30 a.m.–noon
Honeysuckle Hack at Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park near Lakehouse Bar and Grill
Organized by the Open Space Council
Register

Every Tuesday and Thursday in November, 8 a.m.–noon (No workday held on Thanksgiving)
Shaw Nature Reserve Volunteer Work Days
Organized by Shaw Nature Reserve
Register

 

Bush honeysuckle Bush Honeysuckle Removal, Control, Alternatives and MORE:

 



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