On November 14, 2015, Operation Wild Lands hosted a honeysuckle hack and native species planting event held at Rocket Park in Maplewood, MO, apart of the Deer Creek Watershed. This is a continuation of previous where large amounts of honeysuckle has been removed, allowing visitors to view the creek from the path as overgrowth is removed. With all the great work in the past, we are able to plant native plants donated from Forest Relief. Check out the video below to see the proper way placing plants in the ground with the best chance of survival.
IMG_1108 How to plant correctly
It was great to have around 10 volunteers, not including staff from Open Space Council and Great Rivers Greenway. As everyone worked together, we were able to plant 25 native species along the trail revitalizing the park. The group also made substantial impacts removing honeysuckle overgrowth along the steep banks, particularly around the small bridge in the northwest section of the park. Thanks to everyone who helped!
IMG_1118 Video of everyone in action