Fall Workday: Clear Bush Honeysuckle along Shunga Creek • Shawnee County
Saturday, Nov 9th, 2013 @ 10am-noon
Felker Park • Topeka, KS • Map
Help clear bush honeysuckle from the woods along Shunga Creek. We are going to clear an area of the woods of the honeysuckle and other invasives to allow the native species to flourish. We will focus on areas along the creek. The natives are barely hanging on because of the honeysuckle. The area we will be working is adjacent to the bridge at Gage & Shunga Creek. Parking is at the Tennis Courts near 26th & Gage Blvd. Wear sturdy shoes, leather gloves, long sleeves and pants. Bring a lopper or pruning saw to cut bushes; A shovel for digging them out. Pruning sheers for cutting vines. We need people to cut, haul branches and spray the cut stumps. You can also pull seedlings. Pulling seedlings is easy and prevents reinvestation. The City of Topeka will be supplying herbicide to treat the cut stumps to ensure the honeysuckle doesn't regrow. We will also pick up trash, and a few trash bags would be useful. After working we will take a nature walk around the area and identify invasive plants as well as natives. We'll finish by going to lunch at Boss Hawg BBQ. Felker Park is a park in Topeka that is off Gage Blvd adjacent to Shunga Creek. Please contact Jeff if you plan to attend.
Contact: Jeff Hansen email@example.com 785 806 6917
Sponsor: Kansas Native Plant Society
12 people attended the event.
We pulled new honeysuckle from previously cleared sections. We worked for over 2 hours. The park is improving although the county appeared to have sprayed some of the native understory shrubs such as dogwood and chokecherry. The creeping euonymus has decreased in area but will need to be sprayed next year.
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