Coleman Highlands Spring Habitat Restoration

Project #: 508331  –   Updated: November 23, 2016

Project Summary

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.

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Location (by county):
Jackson County (MO)

Watersheds:
Lower Missouri-Crooked

Congressional Districts:
MO District 05

Bird Conservation Regions:
Eastern Tallgrass Prairie

USFWS Regions:
Midwest Region

Project size:
0.45 acres

Public Access

Site Name Publicly Accessible
Coleman Highlands Spring and Wetland Yes

Full Project Description

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.

Project Assistance & Partnership Opportunities

Volunteers

Work sessions are held periodically. Contact nature@roanokeparkkc.org to volunteer.

Goals and Targets

Primary motivations:

Conservation Mission
Improve public park land's value to wildlife and to park visitors.

Primary goals:

Observable Outcomes: • Eradication of non-native invasive plants from the 12,500 sq ft project area surrounding the natural spring. • Wetland pond construction. • Seed project area with appropriate seed mixes for open woodland, wet areas adjacent to the spring watercourse, the semi-aquatic area adjacent to the pond, wet meadow and meadow /shrub area • Installation of 770 native plant plugs to augment the seeding • Involve Kansas City citizens in volunteer opportunities to provide them with the tools and knowledge to grow native plants and create native habitats in their own yards. • Install interpretive signage and identify the project as supported by MDC.
Progress:

All Observable Outcomes goals complete or exceeded. 961 plants installed through spring 2016.

Consistent with plans:

Habitat Conservation Plan
Roanoke Park Ecological Restoration Plan: http://roanokeparkkc.org/66-uncategorised/156-restoration-plan

Targeted habitats:

    • Forests and Woodlands
      • Deciduous Forests and Woodlands
        • North-Central Interior Dry-Mesic Oak Forest and Woodland
    • Human Habitats
      • Urban and Residential
        • Developed-Medium Intensity
        • Developed-Open Space
        • Disturbed
    • Wetlands and Riparian Habitats
      • Marshes, Bogs and Emergent Wetlands

Targeted species were not provided for this project.

Actions

Project Actions
Control invasive plants Show/Hide details

Assistance

Direct Funding
Roanoke Park Conservancy (Other) Show/Hide details
Missouri Department of Conservation (State Government) Show/Hide details
In-Kind Contribution
Kissick Construction Company, Inc. Show/Hide details
Kansas City Missouri Parks Department Show/Hide details
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Outcomes

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

Please describe your monitoring activity.

Ongoing monitoring for re-emergence of invasive species. Expansion of restoration area.

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Organization

Roanoke Park Conservancy
(Other)

Primary Contact

Chris DeLong  (Volunteer Park Naturalist)
Roanoke Park Conservancy
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Partners

  • Missouri Department of Conservation
  • Kansas City Missouri Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners

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