Volunteers fight invading plants at Kentucky River Palisades

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Spring is one of the best times for hikers along the Kentucky River Palisades to see wildflowers and colorful native plants found in few other places in the region.

But the Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/1Cxm5We ) reports that a group of invaders — shrubs, vines, groundcovers and other types of plants that are not native to the area —threaten to choke out the delicate local species that make for scenic hikes.

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The Palisades have suffered widespread damage from the unchecked growth of the invaders. Those who tend to the natural areas say Asian bush honeysuckle is the biggest threat.

Volunteers work months around the year clearing honeysuckle. Those who want to help can donate $10 to regional conservation organizations or help cut and spray the honeysuckle. For more information, email campmeet@gmail.com.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

 

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