The Dull Woods Conservation Area is a unique eight-acre woodlot is in Clay Township in Montgomery County, adjacent to the Wolf Creek Trail. It is a tiny but high-quality remnant of the vast swamp forests that once covered northwest Montgomery County. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Dull Woods is the lack of Amur honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii). Native to eastern Asia, Amur honeysuckle is a multi-stemmed shrub that grows up to 15 feet tall with simple, opposite leaves. It produces white flowers in the spring and has bright red berries in the fall. Honeysuckle invades rapidly and prevents native species from growing. When honeysuckle persists in a forest, the forest understory becomes dominated by the shrub and can sustain fewer tree seedlings, saplings, and wildflowers. Many of the forests MetroParks manages are under attack by this invasive plant. To get a glimpse of what we are working toward by controlling honeysuckle, visit Dull Woods, where volunteer Conservation Caretakers monitor the woods for any sign of honeysuckle and remove the plants before they take hold. If you would like to get involved in our Conservation Caretakers program or other invasive species management activities, contact volunteer coordinator Yvonne Dunphe at (937) 275-7275 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.