Kansas City WildLands - Upper Blue River COA Restoration Project

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 Map

Publicly Accessible: Yes
County: Jackson County, MO
Project Size:
  • 13531.58 acres

Project Sites

  • Upper Blue River COA

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:

No targeted species were identified for this project.

Conservation Actions

Action Status Start Year End Year
Control invasive plants Ongoing Management 2008 2009
Vegetation monitoring Ongoing Management 2007 2009
Remove litter and waste Ongoing Management 2008 2009
Other - Enhance stewardship (timber, ranch, farm, urban): Citizen volunteer workdays In Progress 2008 2009
Education Ongoing Management 2008 2009
Develop a wildlife management plan In Progress 2008 2009
Water monitoring Ongoing Management 2008 2009
Vertebrate monitoring Ongoing Management 2008 2009
Other - Education: Public speaking In Progress 2008 2009
Plant native riparian, wetland or aquatic vegetation Ongoing Management 2008 2009
Plant native trees and/or shrubs, herbs, forbs, grasses In Progress 2008 2009
Conduct prescribed burns Completed 2008 2009
Maintain or create natural stream buffers In Progress 2008 2009
Collect, store, and propagate seeds of rare and endangered plants Completed 2008 2009
Avoid development in sensitive habitat Ongoing Management 2008 2009
Create or maintain aquatic habitat buffers Ongoing Management 2008 2009


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

Quick Facts

Owning Organization

Wildlife Conservation Society

Managing Organization

Bridging The Gap
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Contact Information

Jill Erickson (Program Associate)
Kansas City WildLands

General Information

Project #: 1755
Last Updated: January 17, 2011

Project Relations


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 Power and Light
Kansas City WildLands
Little Blue River Watershed Coalition
Mid-America Regional Council
Missouri Department of Conservation
Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Missouri Master Naturalists
Missouri Native Plant Society
Missouri Prairie Foundation
Ozark wilderness Waterways Club
Rockhurst University, Dept. of Biology
Sierra Club - The Thomas Hart Benton
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7
University of Missouri at Kansas City, Dept. of Geosciences


Kansas City WildLands
Missouri Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy
Missouri Department of Conservation COAs

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