Black Jack Battlefield Prairie Restoration Project
Ending in June 2022, Grassland Heritage Foundation, Native Lands LLC, Jayhawk Audubon Society and Black Jack Battlefield Trust completed a prairie restoration project at Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park, a National Historic Landmark just outside of Baldwin City, KS. This project was funded thanks to a grant from the Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council. With the help of many volunteers, we have removed invasive plants and trees, planted in hundreds of native plants and grasses, and collected and dispersed seed from the nearby Ivan Boyd Prairie. The result of this work has created a new prairie planting site, located just off of the parking lot of the park, and we have helped to revive the original prairie located on the north western part of the property. In addition to the ecological restoration work, we brought dozens of volunteers to the site, hosted community education events, and installed educational signage at the prairie planting site.
Continued Maintenance at Black Jack
Following this project, Grassland Heritage Foundation, in partnership with Native Lands LLC, is continuing to support prairie maintenance work at Black Jack. We will be hosting two workdays a year, one in the spring and one in the fall, to keep up on invasive species control and help our newly planted prairie thrive. Check back soon for more information about our workdays in Spring 2023.
Black Jack Battlefield is located at 163 E 2000 Rd, Wellsville, KS 66092 (https://goo.gl/maps/8UseyDCLp5d634XJ8).