With $235,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture secured by Congressman John Yarmuth, invasive plant removal has started at Iroquois Park. For the next two years, the Conservancy staff will be working on removing such unwanted plants as bush honeysuckle, privet and tree of heaven. This will help protect the parks 1,000 acres of chestnut oaks, hickories, and beech trees. If the Conservancy doesn’t stop the growth of invasive species, they will eventually dominate the park, covering and choking the life out of native trees and preventing Kentucky’s native plant species from thriving. The increase in invasive vegetation has been a problem in Cherokee Park and Seneca Park for years, after many mature trees were felled by the 1974 tornado.