Area Parks Fighting Invasive Shrub

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) – Park officials in the Fort Wayne area are looking to take a bite out of a shrub that's been spreading across the landscape.

The Allen County Parks Department is organizing four honeysuckle removal days in an effort to remove some of the shrub from two county parks.

Department naturalist Natalie Haley tells The Journal Gazette the shrub has spread so much at Metea County Park that those walking along the park's Cedar Creek can't see it from near the banks. Officials say the invasive plant chokes out existing shrubs and saplings and prevents new growth of other plants.

The parks department is seeking volunteers to help with honeysuckle removal Monday and Tuesday at Fox Island Park and Nov. 3 and 4 at Metea County Park.