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Training Opportunity: How to Stop Invading Superweeds

by Tina Casagrand

A message from Roxie (Peveler) Campbell who grew up in Montgomery County near Bellflower, MO.  Training provided by Missouri State Parks.  Visit at MoStateParks.com.

Non-native, aggressively-spreading plants make it difficult for people to use land as they wish, and take time and money to control. These plants are not just another plant in the woods; they are superweeds that steal sunlight, water and nutrients and some even release harmful chemicals. These effects cause a decrease in the growth rate and reproduction of native trees and plants which, in turn, reduces food and habitat for wildlife. For example, deer and turkey eat acorns produced by oak trees which are currently very abundant in our woodlands; however, if the forest floor becomes shaded, other shade-tolerant tree species will grow instead. Invasive plants harm your ability to hunt, fish, walk easily in the woods and keep you from enjoying the view of an open oak woodland. Pasture, other agricultural lands and the development of land are also affected by unwanted trees and plants. Now is the time to act before invasive plants become too numerous. Will you be part of the solution and help conserve Missouri’s landscape for future generations and protect places that are important to you?

Get started today and learn more by choosing from of one of these opportunities:

  • Attend the training provided by Missouri State Parks’ staff from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22.  The training will begin at the Montgomery City Public Library with an indoor presentation followed by visiting outdoor sites, including Graham Cave State Park, to see several invasive plants, learn to identify them and how to treat them. To sign up, call 573-564-3476. It’s free, but space is limited.
  • Make an appointment with your Department of Conservation (MDC) private lands conservationist who will visit with you, assess invasive plants on your land and provide professional guidance.  Find your local MDC contact at mdc.mo.gov.
  • Visit www.moinvasives.org to find more invasive plant resources from the Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force.

 

Protect Our Places

bush honeysuckle illustrations

Bush honeysuckle identification illustrations by Jan Weaver

Trial of Bush Honeysuckle

by Tina Casagrand 0 Comments

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Please Note: This trial is for education, yet the foundations of the trial can lead toward actual litigation.
Respecting the role of the judicial system to bring about change and honoring the history of the place the trial is taking  place in are of great importance.
This is just a little bit of information but spread the word.

Honeysuckle Sweep, St. Louis region

by Tina Casagrand 0 Comments
Honeysuckle Sweep, St. Louis region

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.

2018 Honeysuckle Sweep Weeks will be :

Spring: March 3–18, 2018

Fall: October 27–November 11, 2018

Spotlight on Emmenegger Nature Park invasive plant efforts

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From Gwyn Wahlmann:
Emmenegger Nature Park is a 110-acre wooded park in Kirkwood, Missouri, located on the Meramec River and endowed with unusual natural beauty and biological diversity.
As an “adopt-a-park” subset of Kirkwood Parks Assistance Corps (KPAC), a small crew of regular volunteers has been removing honeysuckle at Emmenegger for 4-5 years.  We have worked every Sunday, March through May, and September through November.  Two of our crew also work there during the week throughout the seasons.
Upon occasion we have been joined by students from Kirkwood High School and Meramec Community College, and volunteer participants with Biodiversity St. Louis “Honeysuckle Sweep Week.”
It would be impossible to know how many honeysuckle shrubs we’ve removed, but like most natural areas in the St. Louis region, the park was heavily infested.  An estimate from Kirkwood Parks Department is that we’ve cleared about a third of the park, as many as 30 acres.
We also remove euonymus, garlic mustard, Callery Pear, Burning Bush, Japanese Beefsteak Plant and other known exotic invasives.
Visit our page for MoIP invasive plant case sites, including detailed management procedures and “before and after” photos.