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F.W. Kent Park

The Old and The New: The Prairies of FW Kent Park
June 29, 2019; 9:00 to noon

The program will be held “rain or shine,” excluding severe weather. Please dress appropriately. Meet at the Conservation Education Center (CEC) in F.W. Kent Park, 2048 Highway 6 NW, Oxford, Iowa 52322

Brad Freidhof at (319) 645-2315 or by email at bf*******@co.us

Due to transportation requirements, this field trip well be limited to 30-40 registrants.

F.W. Kent Park boasts many high-quality, beautiful prairies of various ages. We will visit a variety of these, some of which are restored native remnants, others that have been planted on previous farmed crop ground. Dave Wehde, who is experienced in restoration and has directed the natural resource management at Kent Park since 1987, will compare and contrast the two types of prairies and identify wildflowers. Conservation staff will also discuss restoration and management techniques used by Johnson County Conservation staff. Transportation from site to site will be via hay rack. Please remember to dress appropriately, including long pants, closed-toe shoes, and any other measures to reduce your exposure to ticks.

This field trip is sponsored by the Friends of Johnson County Conservation, Iowa Native Plant Society, and Johnson County Conservation.

Last Spring we had a similar event at Cedar River Crossing.  Dave Wehde [Natural Resource Manager, JCCB] was one of the leaders.  He will be leading this trip.  It is a great experience to hear our staff display their knowledge and enthusiasm for their work.

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