Pesky plant invading park


DECATUR — An invasive shrub is taking over many parts of Central Illinois.

Some groups are organizing a day for the community to help remove the type of honeysuckle. It’s not harmful; just a pest to deal with.

It shows up in areas near forests. It’s not a danger to humans or animals, but it takes over where other plants could grow.

Fairview Park is one of many areas dealing with it. The community event will specifically be for this spot. Experts say they’ll need some helping hands to get the job done.

Candice Hart is with the Macon County UI Extension Office. It’s partnering with the Decatur Park District and Macon County Conservation District.

Volunteers are asked to help April 1. People will be put into teams and work from 9 am – Noon.

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