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KC Wildlands Sets May 17 Workday at Ernie Miller park and Other Metro Park Sites
POSTED: 04/23/2003
A prairie remnant at Ernie Miller Park is one of three sites for community restoration work which will take place during a Kansas City Wildlands workday planned for May 17.

Interested parties are invited to assist with prairie restoration efforts by helping to remove some small cedar trees and by planting prairie plants and seeds. This particular workday will focus on a prairie meadow from which large eastern red cedar trees were removed late last year. The meadow, which consists of an estimated five acres, is located along Ernie Miller Park's highway frontage south of the main entrance at Ernie Miller Park, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe.

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 or small saws.

Similar workday projects will also take place simultaneously on May 17 at two locations in Kansas City, Mo.: Jerry Smith Park prairie and Rocky Point Glades.

The Johnson County Park and Recreation District has conducted in similar works 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.

For additional information or to register for the May 17 workday, please call KC Wildlands Coordinator, Linda Lehrbaum at (816) 561-1061 x116 or e-mail at
To learn more about KC Wildlands, visit the group's web site at

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