Penn-Sylvania Prairie, Dade County

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This 160-acre site was saved by MPF in 1971 and lies approximately one mile southwest of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Niawathe Prairie Natural Area (320 acres) and less than two miles southeast of Stony Point Prairie Conservation Area (960 acres). Heavily invaded by brush when purchased, MPF’s prairie operations manager has restored this original prairie to its open splendor.

A total of 288 plant species have been recorded from Penn-Sylvannia, which is named for historical towns in the area. Check out our 2015 Floristic Integrity Assessment Report, which documents the rich diversity found at this prairie (35 different species were found in one quarter meter plot!).

In June 2006, MPF purchased 80 acres to the north of Penn-Sylvannia, called Coyne Prairie. MPF helps manage the 80 acres of original prairie between Coyne and Penn-Sylvannia, which is owned by a private individual.

Directions:  Penn-Sylvania Prairie is located in Dade County on CR 199, about 17 miles east of Lamar.  Drive 2 miles west of Highway 97 on Highway E, then south on CR 199 for 0.5 miles.  Parking is available at the gate on the west side of CR 199.  By GPS, N37 30.172 W93 59.176 (in decimal degrees, 37.502829 -93.986179).