Restoring Missouri’s Largest Wet Prairie

Posted Monday July 24, 2017 by wf_admin

Your support was a part of a $5,900 Wildlife Forever grant to restore Missouri’s largest cordgrass wet prairie in the Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge. Floodwaters killed much of the cordgrass and destroyed valuable wildlife habitat. The wet prairie supports the last viable population of the state endangered Massasagua rattlesnakes and is heavily used by deer, pheasants and a wide variety of raptors. Partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, controlled burns were used to eliminate unwanted stands of canarygrass. A year later, the area was seeded with cordgrass. The Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge provides numerous outdoor recreational opportunities including hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing. The Refuge is located in northwestern Missouri within the historic Missouri River floodplain near Mound City.