This project will expand riparian forests at the Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Kansas by restoring hardwoods in areas that were farmed for several decades. In the mid-1800s, forests occurred along the rivers in eastern Kansas, with tall grass prairie covering the rest of the landscape. When much of eastern Kansas was converted to agriculture, riparian forests, with the high fertility soils, fell to the axe and plow. One can scarcely find a 300-acre block of forest anywhere along a 200-mile stretch of the Neosho River in eastern Kansas. Flint Hills NWR provides an excellent opportunity to remedy that situation. In 2006 American Forests, along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Wild Turkey Federation, planted 38,167 trees in riparian restoration. This project will benefit wildlife and water quality while also providing recreational and educational opportunities.
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