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Conservation Program Update

HCA’s Nature Action Crew has been hard at work this month. On September 3 and September 17 the NAC led volunteers at Alex George Wetland at Blue River Parkway and The Heartland Overlook Preserve in removing invasive honeysuckle. At the HOP, the team focused their efforts on clearing a large fallen tree in the green space by using hand saws to break it down. They also dispersed some of the brush pile left behind. They finished the day removing honeysuckle by lopping and treating, and with a root slayer and pullerbear tool to root dock the honeysuckle.

Removing honeysuckle helps revitalize and clean up the Blue River. Volunteers restore habitat, protect land and water and help more people access and experience the benefits of the Blue River. Photo by Magali Rojas.

The next volunteer workday is Saturday, November 5 at Blue Valley Park. Join our team of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to remove trash and invasive bush honeysuckle from our green spaces and streams. Your work will directly impact the Blue River, a vital resource in Kansas City, making it healthier and resilient for future generations. Volunteers must be at least 16, and have a guardian sign a waiver if they are under 18. Sign up on the HCA website.

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