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Historic and Potential Bottomland Habitat

  • Healthy Rivers Partnership 815 Woodswether Road Kansas City, MO, 64105 United States (map)

Artist Amanda Gehin and Ecologist Steve Van Rhien 

Investigation: Habitat

Site: River Front + West Bottoms

Event : KCDC + WBR+ Public ; 10 spots available, please RSVP at



Amanda and Stephen will be leading an exploration of two sites that were historically a part of the same ecosystem - a continuous bottomland hardwood forest that followed our two big rivers, the Missouri and the Kaw.  Site One, The Riverfront Park , resembles what a bottomland hardwood forest may have looked like prior to European settlement. These floodplain forests offer valuable assets to the ecosystem and provide quality resources to the habitat. As we tour the West Bottoms we will discuss what habitat potential exists within this highly altered landscape. As we walk we will identify and discuss species of plants that we encounter along the way, as well as propose deep and changeling questions !  Do we attempt to return pockets of this landscape back to a historical reconstruction, or do we respond to what this new environment has to offer? 

Earlier Event: September 23
Turkey Creek Part II : Diversion Tunnel
Later Event: October 7
Heathy Rivers Partnership