Why You Should Visit
Only an hour's drive from Kansas City, Trice-Dedman is an excellent example of the oak woodlands that once wove through the prairies of northwestern Missouri. The stand of old-growth white oak conceals boulders and low outcrops of limestone bedrock in its valley bottoms and stream courses.
What TNC Has Done/Is Doing
TNC is focusing on managing the preserve to foster reproduction and recruitment of canopy oaks. We are conducting research to provide insight into Missouri's unique woodland system and conducting fire management and research. TNC also extensively participates in a global volunteerism control project to control the invasion of the Garlic mustard weed. The preserve is managed in conjunction with DNR staff at nearby Wallace state park.
Why TNC Selected This Site
The 200 different native species at Trice-Dedman are threatened by the decline of the savanna-like oak woodland in favor of the more degraded, heavily shaded forest of elms and maples. Subsequently, garlic mustard, a very shade-tolerant and pernicious weed, has invaded the area.