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Cliff Drive Clean Up

posted Sep 20, 2013, 2:10 PM by Carl Brockhoff   [ updated Sep 23, 2013, 7:47 AM by Carol Fittell ]
It was a beautiful and cool morning the 14th as we gathered at a junction in the Cliff Drive road. A sea of blue REI volunteer shirts met us and we all listened as folks from REI, KCCC, ERTA, the 14ers club, and Kansas City Wildlands briefed us on the effort for the day. Our projects included 4 sections along Cliff Drive to remove invasive plant species and trash.

After a short safety demonstration from Kansas City Wildlands the group broke into smaller teams and headed to their sites.  Those of us from the KCCC and some volunteers from REI headed to the Crag section of Cliff Drive. 

We began clearing brush starting just left of the Big Crack area along the cliff band with loppers and hand saws.  As it quickly became clear that almost all of the plants along the base of the cliff were invasive the group began clearing brush whole sale and pulling it down on to the road for the City of Kansas City to remove.  As the brush was cleared the cliff band was exposed to new use and beauty, there is a lot of rock there folks!

About 20 of us worked for just over an hour and a half and cleared all of the invasive brush that was covering the existing crag area.  It was amazing to see the difference and incredible to realize how much of Cliff Drive is covered and over grown by invasive plants.  The crag is now more inviting than ever and well prepared for our next endeavor, to construct some erosion management systems.

Cliff Drive Post Clean Up

But don’t take my word for it; grab your harness, rope, draws, and partner and go see the work that has been done.  Thank you to all of the volunteers for the work that was done and all of the organizers who put in weeks of work to make the day possible!

Carl Brockhoff

Secretary, KCCC