Each year, following the holiday season, Christmas trees can be dropped off at a designated location within the Park to eventually become new homes for wildlife around Smithville Lake. The trees are collected, bundled, and recycled for wildlife habitat or “rabbitat”. Tree bundles are then strategically placed in fields along wooded edges to provide habitat for many game and non-game species of wildlife.
Clay County Parks values its partnerships with local Scout groups and volunteers. Annual events such as Lake Clean Up Day and Arbor Day encourage community interest and participation in habitat enrichment. Projects like the construction and establishment of bird, bat, and duck boxes are but a few examples of how small groups can make a big difference with helping wildlife.
FISH Day is conducted annually in March at Smithville Lake. FISH stands for Friends Improving Smithville Habitat. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Missouri Department of Conservation, Clay County Parks Department, and Burtons Bait and Tackle organize the event and request volunteers to help place large brush piles in Smithville Lake. The event was created in 2012. To date, the group has installed over 800 brush piles that serve as cover for fish. If you are interested in volunteering next year, RSVP to Eric Dennis at 816-271-3100.
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Informational Links below:
2018 Brush Pile Map & Coordinates