By Amy Redfield
Wielding bypass loppers, hacksaws, anvil loppers, and Japanese saws, Wild Ones members wreaked havoc amongst the tangle of honeysuckle. Trunks as thick as a foot across (are we really sure honeysuckle is a shrub and not a tree??) gave way under the onslaught, only to have their stumps painted with herbicide so the roots will die as well. These fearsome mauraders joined forces with over 75 volunteers on a cool November Saturday as part of a Honeysuckle Removal Project, pooling efforts to cut, treat, and remove honeysuckle from approximately one and a half acres in Forest Park. En route to the removal site, they passed the efforts of last year’s work, which allowed sunlight to reach the forest floor and awaken native seeds left dormant from the pervasive honeysuckle shade.
Since almost four more acres are still infested with this brawny invasive that chokes out natives and changes the ecology of the woodland, more work parties are planned for next fall, so you too can join in the fun.
Thanks to Ed Schmidt for the great action photos!