EUREKA - Luke Brodahl, who is studying environmental science at Eureka College, appeared at Monday night's council meeting to shed some light on the top of honeysuckle. Despite the sweetness of the name, honeysuckle has had an unpleasant effect on some native plants near Lake Park.
The senior, who is on target to get his degree next May, has been working with Dr. Cecilia Hennessy, a biology professor at EC. Brodahl noted the removal of honeysuckle, which is an invasive and hearty plant, would aid in trail maintenance at the lake as well as protect such plants such the Mayapple, Spring Beauty and White Trout Lilies. He added honeysuckle “can kill and outcompete” these plants which are native to this area of the state and can also play an important role in pollination. Brodahl's research a total of eight plots, each of which measured 10 meters by 10 meters.
“A longer term experiment can really help us,” he said.
Once he graduates, Brodahl is interested in designing a management plan for the project so another student can take it over under Hennessy’s guidance.
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