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KC Wildlands sets Feb. 28 Workday at Shawnee Mission Park and other metro park sites
POSTED: 02/11/2009
Interested parties are invited to assist with land stewardship during this winter workday in the form of treating and removal of invasive and exotic woody plants that threaten a natural prairie remnant. The prairie remnant, which consists of about four acres, is located ear Ogg Road, on the north side of the lake.

Volunteers are encouraged to dress for the weather. Some tools will be provided on-site, but participants are encouraged to bring their own loppers or small saws. If the temperature is below 25 degrees or if there is snow or rain, call the number below on that day to confirm the workday has not been postponed.

Similar KC WildLands workday projects will also take place simultaneously on Feb. 28 at two Kansas City, Mo., Parks and Recreation locations: Jerry Smith Park west prairie, and Blue River Glades south of Swope Park.

The Johnson County Park and Recreation District has conducted in similar works at Shawnee Mission Park and other locations in the past in conjunction with KC WildLands, a "conservation coalition protecting biological diversity through citizen-based restoration of Kansas City's natural communities." Other charter members of the group include park and recreation agencies throughout the area, the Missouri Department of Conservation, and Kansas Wildlife and Parks.

For additional information or to register for the Feb. 28 workday, please call KC Wildlands Coordinator, Linda Lehrbaum at (816) 561-1061 x116 or e-mail at

An additional workday is scheduled for May 2 at Ernie Miller Park, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe.

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