The native tree canopy of the Iroquois Park woodlands has been compromised over the past decade due to storms, invasive insects, and the presence of invasive vegetation. These threats coupled with the growth of woody invasive vegetation such as Bush Honeysuckle and Privet have had a negative impact on the aesthetic nature of Iroquois Park. The Conservancy set forth a goal of removing all woody invasive plants in the park as a beginning to overall woodlands restoration.
PHASE I: Funding was secured in 2009 by Congressman John Yarmuth through the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the amount of $235,000 to tackle the invasive plants issue. Over the last three years, 99% of the invasive shrub community was removed from the park. Project completed summer of 2012.
PHASE II: In April of 2012, a grant valued at $12,000 was received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Natural Resource Conservation Service to continue invasive plant management in the woodlands of Iroquois Park. An additional 27 acres of the Bush Honeysuckle and Privet have been removed from the park. Natural tree and shrub regeneration is expected in these areas so no planting is prescribed at this time. Project completed summer of 2012.