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Volunteers remove invasive plants

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Posted at 7:18 PM, Nov 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-14 19:18:45-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — On Saturday, volunteers with a non-profit went out to create a healthier wildland in Frankfort.

The group is called Remove Invasives Partnership, or "RIP," and the group focuses on removing invasive plants that are not native to Kentucky's natural habitat.

Volunteers worked in south Frankfort on Saturday.

Organizers say it's a great time of year to spot one of the worst plants in the area, known as bush honeysuckle.

You can identify the plant by its bright yellow-green leaves which are seen in bushes along the road.

"Bush honeysuckle is creating such a problem in our natural areas that they are preventing the next generation of trees from germinating," said Chris Schimmoeller, RIP volunteer coordinator.

Schimmoeller says that the more we can control the native habitat now, the better shape our forests will be in for decades down the road.