Primary contact: stephen van rhein Organization: Little Blue River Watershed Coalition
Invasive exotic shrub honey suckle will be removed along a section of Brush Creek adjacent of an old oxbow in Kansas City Missouri. Expanding on previous work to restore the oxbow island to native vegetation honey suckle removal will allow native understory riparian vegetation to be released from competition and regenerate on it's own. At the end of the project 5 acres of land will be cleared and a trail established so residents can access and appreciate the native spring ephemerals. This work was supported in part by a grant from the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Primary contact: stephen van rhein Organization: Urban Trails Company
Ecological restoration efforts at Kessler Park have been incredibly enhanced thanks to funding by the Missouri Department of Conservation. The combination of volunteer power and paid crews have resulted in a massive transformation of the forested area of Kessler Park. Visitors can now access the interior forest to enjoy the natural beauty being reclaimed from invasive bush honeysuckle. Animal tracks are numerous within the newly cleared corridors. Literally tons of trash and acres of honeysuckle have been cleared from a large area of Kessler Park stretching from Chestnut Trafficway to Belmont Boulevard. This continued recent work coincides with the Missouri Department of Conservation Community Conservation Grant project focus areas.
Primary contact: Andrea Kramer Organization: Colorado Plateau Native Plant Program (CPNPP)
Located in Grand County, Utah the Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa is located along the red rock country of the Dolores River. It is owned and managed by the University of Utah. The project site has abandoned agricultural fields that by 2013 had become invaded with Russian knapweed (Acroptilon repens), which has outcompeted much of the native vegetation at the site. In 2013, funding from the USFWS Partners for Wildlife program and the University was used to treat and restore the knapweed site (about 42 acres of riparian and upland habitat). They hired a contractor to carry out herbicide application and seeding, using native, commercially available seeds in 2013. The size of the site that was treated is about 42 acres of riparian and upland habitat. We took advantage of the opportunity to incorporate an experimental approach to this restoration, and tested how the use of different native plant materials can impact the long-term outcomes of the restoration. Very little is known about which native species are most appropriate for post-knapweed restoration work like this, but most of the published literature is focused on 3-5 non-native species. Building on research that has shown evolution of native species in knapweed-infested habitat and better suppression of invasive species when a diverse mix of species (including forbs) is sown into the restoration site, we expect that post-knapweed seeding will be most effective if it contains a diverse mix of native species and seed sources that are suited for the restoration site. Our research goal was to test which native plant materials (species, sources, and mixes of species/seed sources) are most effective at long-term suppression of knapweed following herbicide treatment.
Primary contact: Doris Sherrick Organization: South Grand River Watershed Alliance
With the completion of this project, the South Grand River Watershed Alliance (SGRWA) in partnership with the City of Belton Parks and Recreation, Cass County Sustainability Committee, Scout Troops, and Master Gardeners, constructed habitat, provided plantings to benefit water quality, provided educational activities for the community and involved members of the community in the project through the following activities: December 2014: Belton Parks and Recreation crew burned approximately acres in preparation for prairie planting. January 2015: Prairie Seed mix ordered and received from Hamilton Seeds. March 2015: Approximately 5 acres seeded with prairie mix by SGRWA members July 2015: Belton Parks & Recreation mowed weeds in prairie planting to 8” September 2015: met with Belton Parks & Recreation to determine tree and shrub species to plant along shoreline and trail. October 2015: Belton Parks & Recreation picked up trees and shrubs at Forest Releaf. October 2015: Belton Parks & Recreation publicized for community volunteers to plant shrubs & trees in Nov. November 2015: Belton Parks & Recreation pre dug holes with auger for tree/shrub planting. November 2015: 30 Community volunteers, SGRWA, and Scouts planted 100+ trees/shrubs along shoreline, trail and other locations at Cleveland Lake. March 2016: SGRWA and Belton Parks & Recreation held Stream Cleanup event to educate community about project. Approximately 65 persons (young and old) participated in cleaning area around lake and approximately 400-500 feet along stream, removed and treated honeysuckle, and planted spring ephemerals in wooded areas. July 2016: Sign message developed and graphic designer designs sign September 2016: Sign is produced. October 2016: Sign is received and installed by Belton Parks & Recreation near walking trail.
Primary contact: Andrea Kramer Organization: Chicago Botanic Garden
This research was designed to identify how potential “native winner” species perform in post-fire revegetation conditions where cheatgrass is present, relative to the native species and sources that are currently available. We also tested whether the ratio of grasses to forbs impacts the outcome of revegetation efforts in habitat degraded by cheatgrass. For this, we worked with the BLM Grand Junction Field Office (GJFO) following the July 2012 Pine Ridge Fire to establish three study blocks at a site with high percent cheatgrass cover, and monitored percent cover of sown and spontaneous plant species in all blocks in May and September 2013, June 2014, and May 2016. We aimed to identify which of the “native winner” species we sowed are able to germinate, establish, and persist at the site, and compare this with species and sources in the GJFO’s Broad Site seed mix. Ultimately, our goal was to help identify seeding sourcing approaches that can improve the long-term outcomes of revegetation efforts in cheatgrass-degraded habitat.
Primary contact: Chris DeLong Organization: Roanoke Park Conservancy
The improvement and ecological restoration of the Coleman Highlands Spring area within Roanoke Park. Invasive species removal (Lonicera maackii, Euonymus fortunei, etc.), wetland pond construction, native plant seeding and planting using volunteer labor, and interpretive signage design and installation.