Grassland Revitalization Project
The Clay County Grassland Revitalization Project recreates prairie and savanna landscapes at Smithville Lake. The project has four goals: to recreate a grassland plant and wildlife community from pastureland; to recreate a savanna and dry woodland plant and wildlife community from degraded savanna and woodland areas; improve habitat for concerned wildlife species such as Indiana Bat, Northern Bobwhite, Henslow's Sparrow, and Honeybee, to name a few; and to create a positive public outlook on conservation awareness of critical terrestrial plant communities, threatened and endangered wildlife species, and wildlife habitat management practices.
The recreated grasslands and savannas in Clay County Parks will provide numerous other benefits such as soil enrichment, erosion control, invasive plant species control, sequestering of carbon, enhancement of wildlife habitat, reduction of departmental labor and material costs, and added aesthetic value to the parks. The Clay County Grassland Revitalization Project has been funded and supported by the United States Army Corp of Engineers, Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri Prairie Foundation, Missouri Bird Conservation Initiative, George Clark Missouri State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, and WIN for KC.
If you would like more information or would like to become involved, please contact Jasen Ballenger at (816) 407-3409 or by email.