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KC Wildlands Sets Sept. 18 Workday at Shawnee Mission Park and Other Metro Park Sites
POSTED: 08/18/2004
 
The next Kansas City WildLands workday at Shawnee Mission Park's Ogg Road Prairie will take place on Sept. 18. Workdays like this one conducted in early 2003 have helped establish focused prairie management at the site.
A Kansas City WildLands workday has been scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday Aug. 18 at Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee.

Interested parties are invited to assist with land stewardship in the form of removal of woody growth from a four-acre prairie remnant located near Ogg Road, on the north side of the lake. The aim of this workday is remove invasive plants that threaten to choke out sun-loving prairie plants.

KC Wildlands will have some tools on-site, though participants are invited to bring their own loppers or saws as well.

Park officials believe that out of Shawnee Mission Park's more than 1,200 total acres, the greatest plant diversity occurs at the Ogg Road prairie. A 1987 plant inventory found 130 species, excluding grasses and woody plants. With the assistance of KC WildLands, which has conducted at least one workday at the site each year since the local conservation coalition was initiated in 2001, focused prairie management has been established at the site.

Similar KC WildLands workday projects will also take place simultaneously on Sept. 18 at two other area locations: Kansas Wildlife and Parks' Prairie Center in Olathe, and at Rocky Point Glades in Swope Park.

For additional information or to register for the Sept. 18 workday, please call KC WildLands Coordinator Linda Lehrbaum at (816) 561-1061 x116 or e-mail at linda@bridgingthegap.org.
To learn more about KC Wildlands, visit the group's web site at www.KCWildlands.org

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