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St. Charles County Parks calls for volunteers for honeysuckle roundup

[Source: St. Charles County Parks and Recreation]

The St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department is calling for families to grab their gloves and join in the effort to cut down invasive bush honeysuckle.

The removal process is scheduled from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 31 at Missouri Bluffs Park at 18 Research Park Circle in St. Charles. The 286-acre plot is the department’s newest property.

According to an official press release by St. Charles County Marketing Coordinator Nancy Gomer, the eradication project is needed to curb the spread of the invasive bush honeysuckle species before the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department can begin the development of a new trail system on a portion of the property.

Back in October 2019, the St. Charles County Park & Recreation Department purchased the 286-acre Missouri Bluffs property from the University of Missouri System. Eighty-six acres of the park’s overall landmass will be developed for the placement of park trails, and the county will continue to lease the remaining 200 acres to the Missouri Bluffs Golf Course.

The process is suitable for all ages and volunteers will receive onsite training from Park Ranger Abigail Chambers. They will then be divided into separate work areas throughout the park’s span of undeveloped property.

Participants are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes or work boots, a long-sleeved shirt and pants. Social distancing guidelines will also be enforced.

Pre-registration for the opportunity ends on Friday, May 29. Register online by clicking here or by calling the St. Charles County Parks Department’s official line at (636) 949-7535.

Upon arriving at Research Park Circle, residents will follow directional signs to access the project area. In the event of unfavorable weather, registered participants should check the Rainout Line app on stccparks.org or call (636) 707-0011 for any program updates.

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