Blue River Parkway
Vision for a Healthy Action Area
Invasive species removal
Expanding riparian vegetation / tree planting
Large native climax canopy trees that naturally grow along rivers for example sycamore, cotton wood, silver maple, swamp white oak. Under the trees are lower growing native herbaceous plants and shrubs. Mixed in are a few understory trees like paw-paw and service berry. Walking through this landscape should feel somewhat open and airy.
Champion: Jackson County Parks + Rec
Focal Species: Paw-paw (Asimina triloba)
Habitat: Healthy riparian corridor, floodplain
Butterflies, birds, deer and beaver all need to get around their habitats. Migrating birds especially need a way to make their long journeys. The Blue River Parkway is a good migration pathway. People used to take this route too. Along the way they would have taken delight in eating Paw-paws in the fall.
Invasive shrub honeysuckle
Invasive Japanese Hops
Invasive Winter creeper
Limited riparian vegetation/mowed turf to the edge of the river