FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WHAT: Gateway Honeysuckle Summit

WHEN: Thursday, March 16, 2006, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

WHERE: Powder Valley Nature Center, 11715 Cragwold Road, Kirkwood, MO

AUDIENCE: Landscape, botanical and conservation professionals, educators, community service organizations and master gardeners
COST: $ 10.00 - Pre-registration requested ON OR PRIOR TO March 3, 2006
(NOTE: A portion of the registration fee will be utilized to cover the cost of producing an informational brochure describing the honeysuckle issue.)
PRODUCED
BY: Gateway Honeysuckle Consortium in cooperation with representatives from St. Louis communities, botanical institutions, conservation organizations and the horticulture green industry.

(ST LOUIS, MO): A Honeysuckle Summit for sharing information about methods, practices, and strategies for controlling Bush Honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii; Lonicera maackii) and other regional invasive plants will be held on Thursday, March 16, 2006, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon at Powder Valley Nature Center, 11715 Cragwold Road, Kirkwood, MO. The event will include panel presentations and group discussions regarding: 1) control strategies (timing of removal, organic and inorganic applications, human and environmental safety, contractor options, volunteer opportunities); 2) advocacy (weed ordinances, public education methods, media strategies); 3) landscape replacements (alternative plant materials). Knowledgeable input from the audience will also be solicited. Information collected during the Summit will support the ultimate creation of an educational brochure targeted toward the general public. A future education program for the general public will also be offered.

Pre-registration cost is $10.00 (on or prior to March 3, 2006).
Make checks payable to: The Green Center
Mail registration form/payment to: The Green Center; 8025 Blackberry Avenue; University City, MO 63130
For more information contact: Maureen Helfers mo4915@aol.com, or visit: www.thegreencenter.org

The Gateway Honeysuckle Consortium provides a forum for community and professional organizations and interested individuals, located throughout the St. Louis region, to share experiences and information relating to the control of Bush Honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii; Lonicera maackii) and other invasive plants affecting the region’s natural and built landscapes. Consortium participants commit to sharing their proven methods of honeysuckle control to benefit and advance the strategic efforts of all concerned groups. The Consortium is also committed to developing an outreach effort to educate the general public about the nature of invasive plants, safe control methods, and recommended alternative landscape plant materials.