Missouri Department of Conservation: Community Conservation Grant, Spring 2020

Glade Restoration of River Bluff Cave

The WCC received an MDC Community Conservation grant to restore a 1.3 acre glad area by River Bluff Cave on the property of Missouri Institute of Natural Science. This area is presently overrun by redcedar and bush honeysuckle which has supressed the native plants and flowers common in healthy glade ecosystems. The WCC will manage and restore the glad habitat in order to promote ecosystem diversity and improve visitor experience/education opportunities. The project calendar for this work is July 1, 2020 through summer 2022, with maintenance continuing.

We will continue to post updates and progress pictures throughout the grant period.


Missouri Department of Conservation: Community Conservation Grant, Spring 2019

Glade Restoration at Valley Water Mill Park 

Partners: Missouri Department of Conservation

Project Description: 2400 E. Valley Water Mill Rd, Springfield, MO 65803

The purpose of this project was to continue restoration efforts on glade, savanna, wetland, prairie habitats at Valley Water Mill Park. Hand extraction, while time intensive, has proven to be the most effective, and least invasive, method of treatment for BHS in sensitive habitats. Watershed Conservation Corps (WCC) provided provide personnel, equipment and herbicide during the project work. WCC removed, applied herbicide to stump-cut bush honeysuckle, at Lake Springfield. WCC also worked with WCO to provide $1300 in volunteer match procured from our local colleges OTC and Missouri State University.

Missouri Department of Conservation: TRIM Grant, October 2019

WCC Training & Certifications

Partners: Missouri Department of Conservation

On October 1st, 2019 the Missouri Department of Conservation approved our application for the Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) Cost-Share Program. Designed to provide Missouri communities with financial assistance for the management, improvement, or conservation of publicly owned trees, the funding received from this program will be used to provide the Watershed Conservation Corps staff, crew leaders and members, and other natural resource managers of Springfield with educational and professional development opportunities. Thanks to the funds made available through the TRIM program, the Corps staff can now purchase study materials and cover the costs of exam fees in order to become International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborists®, a professional recognition given to those who are trained and knowledgeable in the cultivation, management, and study of individual trees, shrubs, vines and other perennial woody plants. Assistance from TRIM also created the opportunity for up to twelve Corps members and other natural resource managers of Springfield to participate in Safety and Woods Worker Training (SAWW). SAWW provides professional sawyers with effective, hands-on training delivered by certified trainers and is focused on safety, cutting techniques, and chainsaw maintenance. The generous assistance of the Missouri Department of Conservation will undoubtedly broaden the knowledge and skillsets of the Watershed Conservation Corps staff and allow for the Corps to expand its services offered, increase the available educational and developmental opportunities for its young employees, and help improve community forests across Missouri.

Seth Wheeler, WCC Program Manager

Missouri Prairie Foundation, March 2019

Prairie Garden Grant

Partners: Missouri Prairie Foundation

The Missouri Prairie Foundation approved our application to continue glade restoration at Valley Water Mill Park.

The entire glade (1.5 acres) will have a native mix of shallow soil prairie/glade appropriate plants such as  prickly pear cactus, yarrow, lead plant, prairie pussytoes, butterfly weed, spider milkweed, wild indigo, bluehearts, fringed poppy mallow, purple poppy mallow, wild hyacinth, Indian paintbrush, partridge pea, calamint, lanceleaf coreopsis, plains coreopsis, white prairie clover, purple prairie clover, prairie cinquefoil, pale-purple coneflower, yellow coneflower, rattlesnake master, gum weed, ox-eye sunflower, diamondflowers, round-headed bushclover, rough blazing star, bottlebrush blazing star, prairie blazing star, palespike lobelia, false aloe, sensitive brier, wild bergamot, longflower beeblossom, Missouri primrose, rigid goldenrod, small palafox, wild quinine, slimflower scurfpea, purple beardtongue, pale beardtongue, prairie beardtongue, fame flower, sweet everlasting, slender mountain mint, hairy mountain mint, longheaded coneflower, grayheaded coneflower, Missouri coneflower, hairy wild petunia, rose gentian, blue sage, prairie dock, gray goldenrod, aromatic aster, sky blue aster, late purple aster, stiff greenthread, narrowleaf vervain, wingstem, western ironweed, bird’s foot violet, and golden Alexanders. All plants will be fit for natural Missouri glade environments and will be cared for until established on the landscape by WCO volunteers.

3M Foundation, November 2018

Community Interest Grant

Partners: 3M Foundation

The 3M Foundation awarded our application of $5,000 to buy equipment and supplies for the Watershed Conservation Corp program.