EAST ALTON, IL – Volunteers are needed to help to
remove bush honeysuckle at Piasa Bird Park in Alton, Illinois from 10 a.m. – 2
p.m., Thursday, March 24. Free lunch and necessary tools will be provided to
The volunteer day is being hosted by the
National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRRECSM) 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.
Normally a spot to enjoy the river,
experience local wildlife and learn the history of the legendary Piasa Bird,
Piasa Bird Park is currently overrun with bush honeysuckle, an invasive plant
species that hinders 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. “Cleaning up the Piasa Park and
surrounding areas will give more attention to such an important historical
landmark in our region.”
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 wooded area so native trees can be planted in the near
future,” said Christine Favilla, Three Rivers Project co-coordinator.
This is just one of the many projects
being funded through a Trees Forever grant NGRREC received earlier this year.
Native tree species will also be planted at Riverfront Park and along the
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.
Participants should be mindful that this
area can be muddy in the spring, and should dress accordingly.
Registration for this event is
recommended to ensure there is enough lunch and tools for all participants.
Register today at https://conta.cc/3sO5BON.
For more information 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.