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JEFFERSON CITY, MO, DEC. 17, 2021 – Park staff members and volunteers at Katy Trail State Park invite the public to battle the invasive bush honeysuckle along the Katy Trail from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2. Participants should meet at the Marthasville Trailhead, located at mile post 77.7, approximately 8 miles northwest of Washington, Missouri, on Highway 47.

Bush honeysuckle is a fast-growing, non-native shrub that harms native plants and tree saplings in all ecosystems across Missouri by stealing sunlight native plants need to survive. If bush honeysuckle is allowed to grow unchecked, forests, parks and trails can be invaded so densely they are rendered nearly unusable for native plants and many species of wildlife. Removing invasive bush honeysuckle shrubs also improves forest health and the aesthetic value of Katy Trail State Park so future generations can enjoy the park's beauty and recreational opportunity for years to come.

Work teams will be assigned areas of bush honeysuckle from the Marthasville Trailhead. Participants should wear comfortable high-top shoes or boots, durable work shirts with long sleeves and pants. They are also encouraged to bring water and a snack. Tools, gloves and insect repellent will be provided at the trailhead. Restrooms are located at the trailhead.

Preregistration is highly recommended. For information on how to preregister, call Graham Cave State Park at 573-564-3476. 

This event is sponsored by Missouri State Parks and Magnificent Missouri.

For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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