Kansas City WildLands - Upper Blue River COA Restoration Project

Project #: 1755  –   Updated: January 17, 2011

Project Summary

Kansas City Wildlands has brought together partners and stakeholders to develop a Conservation Opportunity Area (COA) action plan in the Kansas City area in accordance with the Missouri Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (CWCS), and has implemented conservation actions identified in the plan.

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Location (by county):
Cass County (MO), Jackson County (MO), Johnson County (KS)

Watersheds:
Lower Missouri-Crooked

Congressional Districts:
MO District 05, MO District 04, KS District 03

Bird Conservation Regions:
Eastern Tallgrass Prairie

USFWS Regions:
Mountain Prairie Region, Midwest Region

Project size:
13531.58 acres

Public Access

Site Name Publicly Accessible
Upper Blue River COA Yes

Full Project Description

Kansas City Wildlands has brought together partners and stakeholders to develop a Conservation Opportunity Area (COA) action plan in the Kansas City area in accordance with the Missouri Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (CWCS), and has implemented conservation actions identified in the plan.

Project Assistance & Partnership Opportunities

Funding

The Upper Blue River COA Partnership recently adopted an 18-month action plan and is seeking funding sources for the projects identified in the plan.

Equipment

Kansas City WildLands (KCWL) is currently on the ground implementing conservation actions identified in the COA's action plan. KCWL hosts citizen volunteer workdays. Equipment needed for these workdays includes: * Commercial grade by-pass loppers (one and one-half inch diameter cut minimum – one dozen) * Commercial grade folding pruning saws (two dozen) * Bow saws (one dozen) * Work gloves (leather or leather palmed - six dozen pairs ) * Safety goggles (two dozen) * Insect repellent (Deep Woods Off or equivalent - two cases) * Water-based marking paint (one case) * High-quality GPS unit * Forestry flame torch

Goals and Targets

Primary motivations:

Public Benefit
Conservation Mission

Consistent with plans:

Habitat Conservation Plan
Local Land Use Plan
Conservation Plan
State Wildlife Action Plan

Targeted habitats:

    • Aquatic
      • Rivers and Streams
    • Forests and Woodlands
      • Deciduous Forests and Woodlands
    • Human Habitats
      • Urban and Residential
        • Suburban Habitats (Moderate Intensity Developed)
        • Urban Habitats (High Intensity Developed)
    • Wetlands and Riparian Habitats
      • Forested or Shrub Wetlands and Swamps
      • Lowland Riparian Forests and Shrublands

Targeted species were not provided for this project.

Actions

Project Actions
Control invasive plants Show/Hide details
Vegetation monitoring Show/Hide details
Remove litter and waste Show/Hide details
Education Show/Hide details
Develop a wildlife management plan Show/Hide details
Water monitoring Show/Hide details
Vertebrate monitoring Show/Hide details
Other: Public speaking Show/Hide details
Plant native riparian, wetland or aquatic vegetation Show/Hide details
Plant native trees and/or shrubs, herbs, forbs, grasses Show/Hide details
Conduct prescribed burns Show/Hide details
Maintain or create natural stream buffers Show/Hide details
Avoid development in sensitive habitat Show/Hide details
Create or maintain aquatic habitat buffers Show/Hide details
Other: Citizen volunteer workdays Show/Hide details
Collect, store, and propagate seeds of rare and endangered plants Show/Hide details

Assistance

Direct Funding
Wildlife Conservation Society (Non-Governmental Organization) Show/Hide details

Outcomes

Is the success of this project's actions being monitored?   Yes

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Organization

Bridging The Gap
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Primary Contact

Jill Erickson  (Program Associate)
Kansas City WildLands
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Partners

  • Blue River Watershed Association
  • Burroughs Audubon Society
  • Earth Riders Trails Association
  • Friends of Lakeside Nature Center
  • Heart of America Flyfishers
  • Jackson County Parks and Recreation
  • Kansas City Missouri Parks and Recreation
  • Kansas City WildLands
  • Little Blue River Watershed Coalition
  • Mid-America Regional Council
  • Missouri Department of Conservation
  • Missouri Prairie Foundation
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7
  • University of Missouri at Kansas City, Dept. of Geosciences
  • Rockhurst University, Dept. of Biology
  • Kansas City Power and Light
  • Missouri Department of Natural Resources
  • Ozark wilderness Waterways Club
  • Missouri Master Naturalists
  • Sierra Club - The Thomas Hart Benton
  • Missouri Native Plant Society

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