Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit will host a workshop on Restoration of Oak-Hickory Woodland and Bush Honeysuckle Management Friday, Oct. 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. as part of its Grow Native! program.

The deadline to register is Tuesday, Sept. 26.

The workshop, which will include seven knowledgeable presenters, is intended to help professionals, landowners and wildlife enthusiasts learn to control bush honeysuckle and sustain the native integrity of woodlands.

Missouri is rich in hardwood woodlands and forests, which provide both valuable timber and excellent wildlife and game habitat. A major threat to these wooded habitats, however, is the spread of invasive bush honeysuckle.

“Using a variety of management practices, we have had success controlling bush honeysuckle on a significant portion of our woodlands,” said Dr. Quinn Long, director of Shaw Nature Reserve and a workshop presenter. “We are eager to host this workshop to share the knowledge we have gained in order to help landowners, parks departments, and others control bush honeysuckle, which threatens the biodiversity and beauty of much of the lower Midwest.”

In addition to Dr. Long, workshop presenters are Gus Raeker, forestry district supervisor, Missouri Department of Conservation; Doug Ladd, conservation biologist, The Nature Conservancy; Dr. James Trager, biologist, Shaw Nature Reserve; Casey Bergthold, Farm Bill biologist, Quail Forever; Mike Saxton, ecological restoration specialist, Shaw Nature Reserve; and Scott Woodbury, curator, Whitmire Wildflower Garden, Shaw Nature Reserve.

Presentation topics will include best means of bush honeysuckle control, cost-share programs to assist landowners in invasive plant control; and woodland management techniques including selective canopy thinning and use of prescribed fire.

The workshop includes a walking tour of woodland restoration sites and light breakfast items, lunch, and afternoon refreshments.

To register, go to http://grownative.org/events/october-6-2017-grow-native-workshop-restoration-of-oak-hickory-woodland-bush-honeysuckle-management/, or call 888-843-6739 or send a message to grownative@moprairie.org.