Gay Feather Prairie Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Nevada, take I-49/Highway 71 south 7 miles, then Route E east 7.50 miles, then 2530 Road south 2 miles, and Union Track Road east.

Highlights

This area is mostly prairie with a small stands of hardwoods.

About This Area

This 116 acre native prairie is jointly owned by the Missouri Prairie Foundation (76 acres) and the Missouri Conservation Department (40 acres).  The area is managed by the Conservation Department with objectives focused on enhancing and maintaining the native prairie plants and animals found on the area.

Gayfeather Prairie is a remnant of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem that once covered more than one-quarter of Missouri. It is also home to plants and animals that are specially adapted for life on the open prairie. Less than one-half of one percent of original prairie remains in Missouri making some of these species increasingly rare.

Managers use prescribed burning and a variety of other practices to provide disturbances that maintain healthy grasslands and limit the negative impacts of invasive plants.

General Information

Kansas City

Vernon

417-876-5226

Owned by MDC,Leased

Activities
Activity
(Activity Explanations)
Comments
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Hiking  No designated trails 

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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
Fishless Pond  1.00 acres  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Native Prairie 116.00  
Total Area Acres:116.00 

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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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