|Kansas City WildLands sets March 24 workday in Shawnee Mission Park and other metro park sites|
A Kansas City WildLands workday has been scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Ogg Road Prairie, located in Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee.
During this event called "Long Johns and Loppers," participating volunteers will focus on removing invasive exotic honeysuckle and other invasive woody plants surrounding the prairie while enjoying the winter beauty of one of Kansas City’s remnant wild lands. Volunteers will cut and treat invasive woody plants from these beautiful, natural communities while helping native flowers and grasses flourish again in these stunning wild areas. And because it's February in Kansas City, don’t forget the "long Johns" part, and be sure to dress for the weather!
The Ogg Road Prairie is a four-acre virgin remnant located on the north side of the park's lake north of the beach. KC Wildlands will have some tools on-site, but participants are invited to bring their own loppers or saws as well.
This is a great workday for groups, but individuals are welcome as well. All volunteers must: be 11 or older, and volunteers under 14 must be accompanied by an adult; agree to a liability waiver, or have a waiver approved by a parent for those under 18; bring a water bottle, wear long pants and sturdy shoes; and register online in advance at www.tfaforms.com/4658210.
Similar KC WildLands workday projects will also take place simultaneously on Feb. 24 at two other area locations: Jerry Smith Prairie East, located in south Kansas City, Mo., and Maple Woods, located in the northland in Gladstone, Mo.
Kansas City WildLands is a coalition of resource professionals, private conservation organizations and conservation-minded citizens established to restore and conserve the remnants of Kansas City’s original landscape by involving people in the stewardship of the land. JCPRD is a charter member of Kansas City WildLands, which was initiated in 2001. For additional information about the Feb. 24 event, please call KC WildLands Coordinator Linda Lehrbaum at (816) 561-1089 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about KC Wildlands, visit the group's web site at www.KCWildlands.org.