For the 10th year in a row, team members from WWL joined John Deere Supply Management & Logistics to participate in the Quad Cities X-Stream Clean-Up. This annual event is organized by non-profit organization Living Lands & Waters (LLW). 

Volunteers recently gathered at Illiniwek Forest Preserve near Moline, Illinois in the US where everyone worked to clear an invasive species called Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle, white honeysuckle, or Chinese honeysuckle) from natural areas. Lonicera japonica tends to take over the area where it grows and canopy the forest floor, thereby choking out the native vegetation. 

By clearing out the honeysuckle plants, which can grow to be more than three centimetres in diameter and three meters high, the native plants soon return to the cleared areas.  The spots where  the invasive species were removed are then marked with small flags, and the LLW teams return at a later date to spray the stumps, which further helps to reduce the amount of re-growth.  It was a great day of comradery, hard work and taking care of the environment.

WWL was also pleased to again make a financial donation to LLW to continue its work throughout the year.  Formed in 1998 by Chad Pregracke, LLW has grown to be the only ‘industrial strength’ river cleanup organization like it in the world. The LLW crew hosts river cleanups, watershed conservation initiatives, workshops, tree plantings and other key conservation efforts.  Learn more by clicking here: