In conjunction with the Missouri Botanical Garden‘s Fall 2018 Honeysuckle Sweep for Healthy Habitats, The Nature Institute is hosting a sweep volunteer event in the Olin Nature Preserve. In an effort to energize the greater St. Louis region around improving habitat for our native plants and animals, area conservation organizations are joining together to spotlight invasive bush honeysuckle and the need to remove it.Your assistance will help improve water quality, enhance wildlife habitat, improve recreational access, and create a healthier environment for all.
Volunteer workday on the preserve
Bush Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) is one of the problem species within the Olin Nature Preserve that TNI stewardship staff works to rid their property of. As a non-native, invasive plant, the honeysuckle grows at a rapid rate choking out all other plants killing the chance of heightened bio-diversity. Techniques to remove honeysuckle include hand pulling, digging, cut stem application, and prescribed burning. Work with the TNI stewardship director with the first three techniques on this hands-on, educational volunteer workday.
Volunteers will receive a quick guided hike to learn how to identify the plant, tutorial about the day’s activity, and a light snack. To register to be a part of this year’s Honeysuckle Sweep for Healthy Habitats, fill out the form below.
View this brochure for more information on Bush Honeysuckle.