Trail advocate pursues local prairie preservation effort

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May 2, 2019 - 10:25 AM

University of Kansas doctoral student Theo Michaels researches the Anderson County Prairie Preserve, located just north of Welda along U.S. 169. Local Lehigh Portland Trail supporters want to use the tallgrass prairie preserve as a model for a smaller local project. COURTESY OF THE NATURE CONSERVANCY

A local trails enthusiast wants to use an Anderson County prairie preservation site as a model for an area at the Lehigh Portland Trails. 

The Anderson County Prairie Preserve, just north of Welda and bisected by U.S. 169, features 1,450 acres of tallgrass prairie and serves as both a nature preserve and an outdoor research laboratory. It is owned by the Nature Conservancy of Kansas and managed by the KU Kansas Biological Survey. 

Randy Rasa, who helped develop the Lehigh Portland Trail system, attended a volunteer workday at the prairie in April, helping pull weeds to help preserve the plants being studied. 

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