Ionia Ridge Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Sedalia, take Highway 65 south 10 miles, then Highway 52 west 1 mile, and Hoffman Road south 0.50 mile. The area is on the east side of Hoffman Road.

Highlights

This area was an active row-crop and cattle grazing farm prior to the acquisition by the Conservation Department. With the existing native prairie and past history of prairie chicken use, this area was determined to be of great value in the effort to restore prairie chickens and other grassland species back into this landscape. The heavily grazed cool-season pastures also show promise of restoration to prairie remnant habitat. Future management will be directed to enhance those portions of the area.

General Information

Kansas City

Benton

660-530-5500

Owned by MDC

  • This 233-acre area was purchased by the Conservation Department in 2008. It is located within the Hi Lonesome Focus Area for the recovery of the greater prairie chicken and to enhance habitat for other grassland species. The area has gently rolling topography and is currently a mix of native prairie remnant, cool-season grass pastures and cropland.
  • The area plan calls for the conversion of the cropland into warm-season grasses that are favored by prairie chickens and other grassland species. Future management plans will be to provide habitat for all grassland species, including bobwhite quail and cottontail rabbits.

Activities
Activity
(Activity Explanations)
Comments
(Population Definition)
Hunting-Deer Fair population. See regulations.  
Hunting-Quail Good population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Good population.  
Trapping with Special Use Permit   

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    

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Features
Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Wildlife Watering Hole  0.10 acres  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Lakes/Ponds 2.00  
Native Prairie 43.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 188.00  
Total Area Acres:233.00 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
No Designated Trails

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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