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KC Wildlands sets May 8 Workday at Ernie Miller Park
POSTED: 04/15/2010
Interested parties are invited to assist with prairie restoration efforts by removing invasive plants and by planting native flowers grown from locally-collected seed. This is a great opportunity to help with hands-on restoration and conservation work on the metro area's ever-dwindling wild acres. Perform a catalog search for the keywords "community service" to find this program in the JCPRD's Activities Catalog and online listings.

Participants should dress for the weather - long pants are suggested. KC WildLands will supply work gloves and drinking water. Some tools will be provided on-site, but participants are encouraged to bring their own loppers, small saws and hand shovels.

Ernie Miller Park is owned and operated by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District and is located at 909 North Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe.

Similar workday projects will also take place simultaneously at two locations in Kansas City, Mo.: Jerry Smith Park prairie in South Kansas City and Rocky Point Glades in Kansas City's Swope Park. For additional information or to register for the May 2 workday, call KC Wildlands Coordinator Linda Lehrbaum, at (816) 561-1061 x116 or e-mail at

The Johnson County Park & Recreation District has conducted similar workdays at Ernie Miller Park and other locations in the past in conjunction with KC WildLands, a conservation coalition initiated in 2001. The group is "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.

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