Denison Prairie, Barton CountyPosted: August 15, 2012 at 8:08 pm
The Denison and Lattner Prairies are adjacent to each other, encompassing 440 contiguous acres on the Vernon and Barton County line, three miles west of Sheldon. The original 240 acres at the site were acquired in 1993 and are high quality native prairie with a total of 320 recorded plant species. Since that time an additional 200 acres, sometimes called the Rader tracts, were acquired and restoration is underway.
Edgar and Ruth Denison were members of MPF. Mr. Denison is most known in Missouri for his work with native wildflowers for the Missouri Department of Conservation. The Forrest Lattner family was a major financial contributor to MPF.
Directions: Denison Prairie is located in Barton County on Zodiac Road, about 3 miles west of Sheldon. From I-49, take exit 88 and turn south onto the outer road on the west side of the highway. Drive 1 mile south until the road turns west and becomes Zodiac Road, then continue west for 2.5 miles. The prairie is on the south side of the road. Park on the side of the gravel road; although there are several dirt entrances, parking in these areas is discouraged due to soil erosion.
To visit the reconstruction area on the east side of the property, use GPS N37 38.888 W94 20.744 (in decimal degrees, 37.648133 -094.345733). To visit the original prairie on the west side of the property, use GPS N37 38.896 W94 21.293 (in decimal degrees, 37.6482667, -094.3548833).