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Published on Jul 7, 2011
A day at the park for a University of Louisville research team means using Cherokee Park as a living laboratory. Biologist Margaret Carreiro and University of Louisville students do their field work in that Louisville park in partnership with the Olmsted Parks Conservancy (http://www.olmstedparks.org). They are studying the effects of fast-growing, invasive plants such as shrub honeysuckle on the park's ecology as well as the effects of clearing back those aggressive species in restoring other native plant life there. Carreiro says the students are vital to the effort and the experience is important for them also. You don't have to be a scientist to join the effort; to learn more about choosing alternatives to planting invasive species, Carreiro recommends information from the Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, http://www.se-eppc.org/ky/