BY FRED YOUNG
The weather was warm and sunny on Saturday April 12, when more than 30 University of Missouri students joined Board members Fred Young and Dave Bedan in GLT’s ongoing effort to control invasive bush honeysuckle on the Hinkson Nature Preserve. The student group, led by site leaders Pat Williams, Sarah Sachs, and Mackenzie Mattern, were part of Mizzou’s Caring For Columbia annual service event, in which hundreds of students from the University of Missouri mobilize to honor the Columbia community in a day of volunteering.
After an orientation by Fred, the students hit the honeysuckle hard, pulling and clipping and treating the stumps. After over two sweaty hours, forester Doug Wallace led a wildflower and tree identification walk through the bottomland forest.
A HUGE amount of honeysuckle was removed. GLT cannot achieve its goal of extirpating bush honeysuckle from the Hinkson Nature Preserve without volunteers like the Mizzou students who came out on Saturday. Thank you, students, and GO TIGERS!
Photo Credit: Fred Young & Julie Youmans