Conservation Program Update

Updated: Nov 12


Brett Shoffner, Nomad Trails, (pictured left) and Ricard Allen, KC Parks, (pictured right) inspect an overlook on the trail in Blue Valley Park. The trail provides increased access to the natural areas in the park for community members. Photo credit: Jill Erickson


This has been an exciting month. Our volunteer Technical Advisory Team is reviewing the baseline documentation for the conservation easement for Municipal Farm. A conservation easement will protect the 30 acres of wetland habitat we have been restoring with the expertise of our contractor, Habitat Architects, and with funding from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The City of Kansas City will retain ownership of the land, but the easement will restrict development to protect this important natural area on the banks of the Blue River. Meanwhile, in Blue Valley Park, Molly Gosnell with Midwest GeoInfo completed an initial tree inventory as part of our T.R.I.M. grant with the Missouri Dept. of Conservation. When completed, the inventory will be added to the master restoration plan for the park created with funding from the National Parks and Recreation Association. These plans are crucial for sound management of natural areas in the Blue River Watershed. Also, Nomad Trails began construction on the single track trail in Blue Valley Park this week. The half-mile trail was designed by Urban Trail Co. with input from the Blue Valley Community Advisory Council and funded by the National Parks and Recreation Association.



The next Conservation Work Group meeting is Thursday, 11/19/20 at 4 PM. We welcome you to participate in our Community Work Groups. Contact us at info@heartlandconsrvationalliance.org for more information. The next Policy Work Group meeting is Friday, 11/20/20 at 3 PM. We welcome you to participate in our Community Work Groups. Contact us at info@heartlandconsrvationalliance.org for more information.

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