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Greenbelt Land Trust of Mid-Missouri Honeysuckle Work Day

by Tina Casagrand 0 Comments

Green Belt Land Trust wants to let you know about an opportunity to do some good work and help out a conservation easement landowner by clearing invasive honeysuckle on Saturday, November 11th, from 10AM to noon.

They will be led by Fred Young, honeysuckle exterminator extraordinaire, and Greenbelt will provide the necessary equipment.  However, if you have your own loppers and work gloves, feel free to bring those, too!

Please RSVP by emailing mpowell[at]greenbeltmissouri.org, and he will send you information on where to meet.

Hacking Honeysuckle, Charlotte Sawyers Nature Area in Parkville

by Tina Casagrand 0 Comments
Hacking Honeysuckle, Charlotte Sawyers Nature Area in Parkville
Platte Land Trust photo

Platte Land Trust photo

Platte Land Trust’s Charlotte Sawyers Nature Area had become overgrown with woody, invasive plants. The Missouri Department of Conservation helped us revise a stewardship plan for the property in  2016.  PLT started the work in February 2017.

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The first task – remove the small woody plants that invaded the grass lands using a forestry chipper. About 6 acres were treated. It was noisy for about 5 days. Yes, we still need to remove the cedars; working on that.

We hope that native species will start showing themselves again. Some native species re-emerged when woody invasive plants were removed in small areas.

Next, small invasive plants will be selectively removed with approved herbicide applications in the summer and fall. Mowing will continue in select areas – trails, fire breaks, and areas used for outdoor education.

In Fall 2017, control burns will start; conducted under the watchful eye of MDC and with permission from the Southern Platte Fire District, of course. That will be fun!

Once the invasive plants are under control, Platte Land Trust will seed the open areas with native grasses and flowers. Woods in the drainages will remain woods, managed with selective cutting and control burns.

These land management techniques – cutting invasive plants, mowing, selective chemical control, fire control, and seeding – will continue for 7 to 10 years.  Our goal is to re-establish the savanna habitat (big trees widely spaced with prairie plants underneath) once common in Platte County.

Platte Land Trust appreciates the groups of volunteers, such as Missouri Master Naturalists, who help to steward the property. Boy Scout Troop 393 has taken on the property for their community service activities. Thanks to all this great help we will achieve our goal.