W. R. Kearn Memorial Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Green Ridge, take Route B west 3 miles, then Hope Dale Road south 1.30 miles.


This area is being intensely managed for prairie chickens. Cropfields have been converted to native warm-season and cool-season grasses to provide both nesting and brood-rearing cover for prairie chickens. Many species of grassland wildlife, including Northern Harriers, Upland Sandpipers, and Short-eared Owls are commonly seen on this area.

About This Area

The original 120 acres of this area was donated in 1987 by William R. Kearn. In 2011 an additional 162 acres were added. Intensive management has occured to provide grassland habitat for a variety of wildlife species. High quality grasslands are important for many species.

This area is managed for grassland diversity that provides habitat for a diverse group of plants and animals. Because less than one-half of one percent of our original prairie remains, some of these species have become increasingly rare.

Area managers use prescribed fire, grazing, and other management practices to maintain healthy grasslands, simulate historic disturbances, and limit the negative impacts of invasive plants.

General Information

Kansas City



Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Good viewing opportunities for northern harriers, short-earred owls and possibly prairie chickens. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Quail Good population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Good population.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishless Pond  0.25 acres  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 8.51  
Grassland (non-prairie) 273.00  
Total Area Acres:281.51 

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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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