Coleman Highlands Spring Habitat Restoration

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 Map

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

Project Sites

  • Coleman Highlands Spring and Wetland

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:

Targeted Habitats:

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

Targeted Species:

No targeted species were identified for this project.

Conservation Actions

Action Status Start Year End Year
Control invasive plants Completed 2014 2016
Replacement of invasive species with native


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

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

Quick Facts

Owning Organization

Missouri's Conservation Registry

Managing Organization

Roanoke Park Conservancy

Contact Information

Chris DeLong (Volunteer Park Naturalist)
Roanoke Park Conservancy

General Information

Project #: 508331
Last Updated: November 23, 2016

Project Relations


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


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