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For National Public Lands Day, KC Wildlands sets Sept. 27 workday at Shawnee Mission Park
POSTED: 09/03/2014
 
In observance of National Public Lands Day, members of the public are invited to join Kansas City Wildlands, the Johnson County Park & Recreation District, and the Urban Trail Co. for a workday scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 27.

This event will take place at Oak Ridge Parklands on the north side of Shawnee Mission Park and will concentrate on removing bush honeysuckle from the woodlands near the edge of the Ogg Road Prairie, and the Orange Trail, a 2.5-mile singletrack natural surface trail for mountain biking and hiking. Participants will be spreading out across the beautiful woodlands, cutting, treating and removing this highly invasive plant that threatens the health of the native forest and obstructs the views from trails that wind their way through this area.

Interested parties are invited to assist with this great opportunity to help with hands-on restoration and conservation work on the metro area's ever-dwindling wild acres. All volunteers must register online in advance at http://bit.ly/1pixuZe. For more information, contact Linda Lehrbaum at (816) 561-1061 ext. 116 or at linda@bridgingthegap.org.

Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa and the Oak Ridge Parklands, is located within the park at 7440 Ogg Road, accessible from either within the park or from Midland Drive to the north.

The Johnson County Park & Recreation District has conducted similar workdays at Shawnee Mission Park and other locations in the past in conjunction with KC WildLands. 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. 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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