Do you know what an invasive plant is or do you know how many invasive plants are in Ohio or Honey Run Waterfall? Our Volunteers have put together a group called Friends of the Woods. The Friends of the Woods volunteer group have been removing invasive plant species such as garlic mustard, multiflora rose, poison hemlock, and barberry throughout the Knox County Parks. Yesterday, the volunteer group marked the area for the Honey Run Waterfall Restoration Project. This project at Honey Run Waterfall is just the beginning of restoration areas in the parks.
Invasive plants make it very difficult for native plants to flourish. Honey Run Waterfall is a fragile ecosystem (a community of plants and animals) and requires careful stewardship. The volunteer group hopes this task will allow space for native plants to continue to thrive in the Park.
What can YOU do to support the Restoration?
~Stay on the designated trails and avoid cutting through the woodland areas.
~Enjoy the native plants, jack in the pulpit, trout lily, bloodroot, cut-leaved toothwort, trillium, Dutchmen’s breeches, hepatica, and wild ginger as you walk the trails in the spring. During the summer and fall months, you may observe snake root and asters.
~Look for more information (forthcoming in 2021) about training opportunities to join the preservation efforts in the Knox County Park District.
Thank you to our numerous volunteers who spearhead this group and promote educating our Park visitors.