EAST ALTON, IL – Volunteers are needed to help remove
bush honeysuckle and autumn olive at the Wadlow Restoration Site in Alton,
Illinois, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Thursday, April 14. Free lunch and necessary
tools will be provided to volunteers.
The volunteer day is being hosted by the
National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC) in
partnership with the Lewis and Clark Community College Restoration Ecology
program, the Three Rivers Project of Sierra Club Illinois and the City of
Alton. This project is supported by Trees Forever.
Formerly a golf course and now a
pedestrian and bicycle trail, the trail's stream banks are currently overrun
with bush honeysuckle and autumn olive, both invasive plant species that hinder
the growth of native trees and shrubs.
“Participants will learn about habitat
restoration efforts taking place in the local community,” Director of
Environmental Education Sarah Fisher said.
Bush honeysuckle impacts many forested
areas throughout Illinois. This event will give landowners a chance to join the
NGRREC team and learn how to identify and safely remove this invasive species.
“The work being done at this event will
clear out the overgrown streambank area so native trees can be planted in the
near future,” said Three Rivers Project Co-coordinator Christine Favilla.
Volunteers of all ages are welcome and
volunteers do not need to be present for the entire event. People are welcome
to come and go as needed. Lunch will be provided by the Three Rivers Project of
Sierra Club Illinois for all volunteers.
Registration for this event is required.
Register today at https://bit.ly/3xexO3y .
For more information contact Fisher at email@example.com or (618) 468-2783.
National Great Rivers Research and
Education Center (NGRREC ℠ )
in 2002 as a collaborative partnership between the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign and Lewis and Clark Community College, NGRREC is dedicated to
the study of great river systems and the communities that use them. The center
aspires to be a leader in scholarly research, education, and outreach related
to the interconnectedness of large rivers, their floodplains, watersheds, and
their associated communities.