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Dec. 6 KC WildLands Native Christmas Tree Event planned at Mildale Farm site
POSTED: 11/20/2014
Kansas City WildLands, in partnership with Johnson County Park & Recreation District, is again offering the public an opportunity to remove invasive red cedars and take them home to decorate for the holidays!

This year's event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, at Mildale Farm – a JCPRD site - 35250 W 199th St, Edgerton. A minimum donation of $15 is being suggested for the trees, which have a range of shapes and sizes from “Charlie Brown Specials” to trees suitable for a mayor’s Christmas tree. Proceeds from this event will be used to benefit future conservation efforts throughout the Greater Kansas City Region.

As part of this event, haywagons will take participants to the tree site and back to their cars. Those who would like to participate should bring hand saws, rope, sturdy boots, and work gloves. Chainsaws and axes are not permitted. KC WildLands volunteers will be on hand to assist with loading trees. For those who would like to cut their own tree, volunteers will point out trees which can be cut. A fire, hot cider, and cookies to help warm up participants will also be available.

Removal of eastern red cedar trees is part of a prairie restoration project at the site. The workday effort is designed to remove a native species considered invasive in prairies and old fields. In time, the cedars’ sheer numbers and effects of their shading eliminate sun-loving prairie flora. In the past, naturally-occurring prairie wildfires kept this species in check, but modern fire suppression practices have allowed cedars to spread.

While eastern red cedars were used commonly by early pioneers as Christmas trees, those interested in participating should be aware this variety does not have the typical needle of the Scotch and white pines now predominantly used as Christmas trees. This gives the eastern red cedar a “leafier” appearance.

For more information on this event, Kansas City WildLands or to volunteer at this event, contact Linda Lehrbaum at (816) 561-1061 ext. 116 or, or visit the group’s website at

Mildale Farm is owned and operated by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District, which is a charter member of Kansas City WildLands, a conservation coalition initiated in 2001. The Mildale site, which is usually only accessible by reservation, is one of the region’s premier venues for weddings, reunions, retreats and other special occasions.

Mildale Farm is located at 35250 W. 199th St. From the north, take Interstate 35 South to Exit 210. Merge right (west) onto US-56 W toward Gardner/175th Street. Stay on US-56 W for 5 miles. Turn left at 199th Street and precede quarter-mile ahead Mildale Farm entrance on your left. From the south, take Interstate 35 North to Exit 202. Turn left on Sunflower and proceed about two miles. Turn right on East Fourth in Edgerton and follow it for about three blocks. Turn right on Highway 56 Highway and make a second right on 199th Street. The farm entrance will be about a quarter-mile ahead on the left.

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