KC WildLands plans workdays on Nov. 2 at Shawnee Mission Park and Nov. 9 at Kill Creek Park

Both individuals and groups are invited to take part in two community restoration workdays being planned in November at prairie remnants in conjunction with Kansas City WildLands at two different Johnson County Park & Recreation District parks.

Volunteers are invited to assist with prairie restoration efforts by removing invasive woody plants such as bush honeysuckle and dogwood. One workday will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2 at a prairie remnant on the south side of Shawnee Mission Park, while the other will take place on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the prairie at Kill Creek Park. Both workdays will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. These are great opportunities to help with hands-on restoration and conservation work on the metro area’s ever-dwindling wild acres.

The area in the southeast corner of Shawnee Mission Park to be attended to during the Nov. 2 workday has not previously been actively managed as a prairie. This former hayfield is located along John Barkley Drive east of Shelter #10 and is about 8.5 acres in all. Specifically, volunteers will be removing a tree line at this site in preparation for an anticipated controlled burn this winter.

WildLands workday efforts will also be going on simultaneously on Nov. 2 at three other sites, which are all in Missouri near Kansas City’s Swope Park, and include: Blue River Glades, Rocky Point Glades, and the Blue Swope Connector. Thanks to KCWL sponsor REI, all volunteers who come out to work on that day will be entered in a drawing for some cool prizes. Snacks will also be provided for this session.

At the Kill Creek site on Nov. 9, volunteers will concentrate on removing sumac and other invasive plants which are too large for fire to control. This prairie remnant encompasses 23 acres and is located atop a tree-surrounded hilltop.

For both workdays, participants should dress for the weather. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are suggested. KC WildLands will supply tools, work gloves, and drinking water. Tools will be provided on-site.

All volunteers must register in advance. To do so, contact Linda Lehrbaum at (816) 561-1061 ext. 116 or linda@bridging thegap.org, or at the group’s website, www.kcwildlands.org.

Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa. Kill Creek Park is located at 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe.

An affiliate of Bridging the Gap, KC WildLands is a coalition of resource professionals, private conservation organizations, and conservation-minded citizens established in 2001 to restore and manage the remnants of Kansas City’s original landscape.

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