Trice-Dedman preserve in Missouri
Trice-Dedman Trice-Dedman preserve in Missouri © Mark Carr

Places We Protect

Trice-Dedman Memorial Woods

Missouri

Trice-Dedman Memorial Woods provide a wonderful wilderness escape that includes a plethora of spring wildflowers.

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.

What to See: Plants

Most of the oaks in this old-growth forest are between 160 and 180 years old. Spring flowers abound here, including violets, spring beauties, Dutchman's breeches and trout lilies. More diligent searchers will be rewarded with sightings of orchids, dwarf larkspur, early horse gentian, yellow honeysuckle and green dragon.

What to See: Animals

Birders will find a profusion of warblers and other migrants visiting in the spring season.  Common woodland animals can be seen throughout the year.

Check the local weather forecast and dress accordingly.  Long pants and sleeves, hiking boots and hat are recommended.  During warm weather, light color and light-weight clothing is suggested.  Repellent, binoculars, field guide(s) and drinking water are also worth bringing.