KDWP Planting Native Kansas Plants At Clay Center Utility Park

By Quinn O’Hara

The Clay Center Utility Park’s recent expansion is getting a makeover.

Thanks to a program called the Habitat First program, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks will be planting several species of plants native to Kansas at the Utility Park.

District Wildlife Biologist Clint Thornton, who is helping to coordinate the project, said the program restores habitat for wildlife, bringing them closer to your door, and creating a healthier ecosystem.

Thornton said several species of native Kansas wildflowers, plum trees, and shrubs will be planted along the walking trails section of the Utility Park.

Wildflower seeds were planted in the Utility Park’s walking trails this Winter, and sprouts are expected to appear soon. Thornton said once the trees and shrubs arrive, he will help plant them in the park. He expects the project to be completed by the end of this month

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