timeline of our efforts

2017

Getting started

09/27/17

“Save the Last KC Forest” (STLKCF) Facebook page started

 

10/03/17

“Preserve the Line Creek Forest” Petition goes active at Change.org (https://www.change.org/p/preserve-the-line-creek-forest)

MILESTONE 10/03/17

1st “Preserve the Line Creek Forest” Petition Signature

 

10/07/17

250 “Preserve the Line Creek Forest” Petition Signatures

 

10/08/17

500 “Preserve the Line Creek Forest” Petition Signatures

 

10/09/17

750 “Preserve the Line Creek Forest” Petition Signatures

 

MILESTONE  10/10/17

1,000 “Preserve the Line Creek Forest” Petition Signatures

 

10/17/17

STLKCF Representative speaks with Kansas City Missouri City Councilman Dan Fowler’s administrative assistant

 

10/17/17

STLKCF Representative speaks with John Debauche, Lead Planner with Kansas City Missouri City Planning & Development Office

 

10/17/17

1,350 “Preserve the Line Creek Forest” Petition Signatures

 

10/18/17

STLKCF Representative meets with Dr. Jeanette Cowherd, Superintendent of Park Hill School District

 

10/18/17

KCTV 5 reports, “Northland residents try to save one of the area's last-remaining forests” (https://www.kctv5.com/news/northland-residents-try-to-save-one-of-the-area-s/article_a1a1c31b-aca0-5072-9d4b-c37ae347e4ba.html)

 

10/26/17

STLKCF Representative gives public comment to the Park Hill School District Board of Education about development in the Line Creek Forest

 

10/26/17

STLKCF Representative meets with Sara Parker-Pauley, Director of Missouri Dept. of Conservation, and David Murphy, Vice Chair of the Missouri Dept. of Conservation Commission, to discuss the Line Creek Forest and the “Preserve the Line Creek Forest” Petition effort.

 

11/03/17

STLKCF creates Twitter account @thelastforest.

 

MILESTONE  11/08/17

The Change.org “Preserve the Line Creek Forest” Petition is revised to add additional decision makers and scope of effort.

11/08/17

Drone on Demand shoots drone video footage of the Line Creek Forest

11/10/17

STLKCF sends letter to Line Creek Forest private landowners informing them about the “Preserve the Line Creek Forest” Petition effort.

MILESTONE  11/11/17

2,000 “Preserve the Line Creek Forest” Petition Signatures

 

MILESTONE  11/29/17

3,000 “Preserve the Line Creek Forest” Petition Signatures

 

12/04/17

STLKCF Representatives attend Park Hill School District’s “Informational Meeting” and comment on plans to build an elementary school and LEAD facility in the Line Creek Forest.

 

MILESTONE  12/29/17

Kansas City Star newspaper reports, “Protecting ‘Last KC Forest’ pits community group against Park Hill School District” (https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article192218729.html#storylink=cpy)

2018

Creating awareness

MILESTONE  01/04/18

4,000 “Preserve the Line Creek Forest” Petition Signatures

01/06/18

STLKCF Representatives meet with Platte Land Trust representative.

MILESTONE  01/08/18

5,000 “Preserve the Line Creek Forest” Petition Signatures

01/08/18

STLKCF asks Facebook followers, “Wonder if there's any ancient Native American sites in the Last Forest?”

MILESTONE  01/13/18

STLKCF Representatives meet with the Missouri Dept. of Conservation and the Platte Land Trust to discuss the “Preserve the Line Creek Forest” petition effort.

01/15/18

KMBC 9 reports, “6,000 sign petition to stop Park Hill school growth - Petition aims to slow district from building schools on 300 acres of forest” (https://www.kmbc.com/article/6000-sign-petition-to-stop-park-hill-school-growth/15169074)

MILESTONE  01/16/18

6,000 “Preserve the Line Creek Forest” Petition Signatures

01/18/18

Park Hill School District Superintendent Jeanette Cowherd publishes statement titled “Answering Questions about Our Land” attempting to respond to Community concerns about the District’s building schools and roads in the Line Creek Forest.
https://www.parkhill.k12.mo.us/cms/One.aspx?portalId=62500&pageId=39099896&fbclid=IwAR06422B27gk_UMRC-4AkGcfiUWfjlwnLaSXzWR-RWKI877JweH1i0UbVts

01/30/18

The Line Creek Loudmouth comments on the new Park Hill Elementary and High School Site Plan Proposal and references STLKCF.
(https://www.linecreekloudmouth.com/blog/2018/01/new-park-hill-elementary-and-high-school-site-plan-proposal.html?fbclid=IwAR179PnFrkJZXCTrEE8PHBLMZF8XuViPPOREzKZJur9bwWu0L2NhCrN_P4E )

01/31/18

A STLKCF supporter writes a Letter to the Editor of the Kansas City Star newspaper about the impact the proposed Line Creek Parkway would have on the Line Creek Forest.

02/01/18

KSHB 41 reports, “Group fighting to protect 600 acres of woodland must convince school district first” (https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/group-fighting-to-protect-600-acres-of-woodland-must-convince-school-district-first)

02/05/18

KCUR 89.3 radio interview of Julie Stutterheim on “What happens when the desire to turn unused land into roads and schools collides with the desire to keep things natural?”  (https://www.kcur.org/post/unparceled-land-teen-suicide#stream/0)

02/14/18

A Missouri Master Naturalist counts 24 bird species during a bird survey conducted from the Line Creek Trail.

02/19/18

6,500th signer of the "Preserve the Line Creek Forest" petition.

MILESTONE  03/10/18

7,000 “Preserve the Line Creek Forest” Petition Signatures

03/29/18

STLKCF Representatives meet with Dr. Paul Kelly, Asst. Superintendent of the Park Hill School District, to discuss concerns about building in the Line Creek Forest

03/29/18

STLKCF Representatives give public comment to the Park Hill School District Board of Education about development in the Line Creek Forest

04/26/18

STLKCF Representatives give public comment to the Park Hill School District Board of Education about development in the Line Creek Forest

05/01/18

STLKCF Representatives meet with Kansas City Missouri Councilman Dan Fowler about the Line Creek Forest, the Line Creek Parkway, and other issues.

05/01/18

A Missouri Master Naturalist counts 42 bird species during a bird survey conducted from the Line Creek Trail.

05/02/18

The Landmark newspaper reports “School urged to 'Save the Forest'; New Park Hill buildings planned at site of 'Last Forest'” (http://plattecountylandmark.com/Article12344.htm)

MILESTONE  05/09/18

8,000 “Preserve the Line Creek Forest” Petition Signatures

05/09/18

The Landmark newspaper reports, “Efforts to save urban forest continue; Park Hill to vote Thursday on master plan for building site” (http://plattecountylandmark.com/Article12345.htm)

05/10/18

STLKCF Representatives attend and give public comment to the Park Hill School District Board of Education opposing the District’s “Master Plan” that would allow development in the Line Creek Forest.

05/10/18

The Park Hill School District Board of Education votes 7-0 to approve the “Master Plan” that would allow construction of school buildings and roads in the Line Creek Forest.

05/10/18

Fox 4 reports, “Park Hill School District’s expansion plans have some residents worried about forest’s future” (https://fox4kc.com/2018/05/10/park-hill-school-districts-expansion-plans-have-some-residents-worried-about-forests-future/amp/)

05/16/18

The Landmark newspaper reports, “Park Hill pushes forward; Opposition from forest preservationists doesn't change school's plan” (http://plattecountylandmark.com/Article12351.htm?fbclid=IwAR0n7MWFIEzDp0BqNNIssf_hH1LyapPh-mJY9zq4frOxyhYUJNRkcYj9oRQ)

05/17/18

The Platte County Citizen newspaper reports, “Hopewell Elementary school site forges ahead despite protests, petition from Last Forest group” (http://www.plattecountycitizen.com/theplattecountycitizen/hopewell-elementary-school-site-forges-ahead-despite-protests-petition-from-last-forest-group1752018?rq=Stutterheim)

05/22/18

KCTV 5 reports, “Park Hill breaks ground on new elementary school amid conservation concerns” (https://www.kctv5.com/news/park-hill-breaks-ground-on-new-elementary-school-amid-conservation/article_f9da5e8e-8ce0-55a7-a966-35f99ca9b130.html)

MILESTONE  05/24/18

The Pitch newspaper reports, “If 800 acres of woods fall in the Northland, will anyone make a sound?” (https://www.thepitchkc.com/news/article/21003472/the-last-forest-if-800-acres-of-woods-fall-in-the-northland-will-anyone-make-a-sound)

05/26/18

STLKCF hosts “Preserve the Line Creek Forest” walk

MILESTONE  05/28/18

9,000 “Preserve the Line Creek Forest” Petition Signatures

MILESTONE  06/01/18

10,000 “Preserve the Line Creek Forest” Petition Signatures

06/01/18

Community members make complaints to Kansas City Missouri’s 311 Air Quality Enforcement Dept. because Park Hill School District was burning piles of bulldozed trees during an Ozone Alert Day

06/07/18

Kevin Grooms, Vice Chair of the Sierra Club Thomas Hart Benton Group’s Executive Committee, addresses the Park Hill School District Board of Education concerning its planned development in the Line Creek Forest.

06/07/18

STLKCF Representatives attend and give public comment to the Park Hill School District Board of Education about its plans to develop in the Line Creek Forest.

06/09/18

STLKCF and Sierra Club host “Preserve the Line Creek Forest” walk

MILESTONE  06/15/18

11,000 “Preserve the Line Creek Forest” Petition Signatures

06/16/18

STLKCF hosts “Preserve the Line Creek Forest” walk

06/18/18

STLKCF hosts “Preserve the Line Creek Forest” walk

06/25/18

KKFI Eco Radio interview of Bill Nichols about “The Last KC Forest” (http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/last-kc-forest/)

06/28/18

STLKCF hosts “Full Strawberry Moon” walk in the Line Creek Forest

07/02/18

STLKCF hosts “Preserve the Line Creek Forest” walk

07/10/18

Over 100 Community members attend Park Hill School District’s “LEAD Innovation Public Input Meeting” to discuss Community concerns about developing in the Line Creek Forest

MILESTONE  08/03/18

Park Hill School District acknowledges the presence of prehistoric archaeological artifacts on its Line Creek Forest property and that prior to construction of Hopewell Elementary, it didn’t conduct any archaeological surveys. (https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article216038690.html#storylink=cpy)

08/03/18

Kansas City Star newspaper reports, “Residents still hope to save ‘The Last KC Forest’ despite Park Hill School plans” (https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article216038690.html#storylink=cpy)

08/03/18

The Platte County Citizen newspaper reports, “Park Hill School District schedules public presentation of ‘Last Forest’ construction plans” (http://www.plattecountycitizen.com/theplattecountycitizen/park-hill-school-district-schedules-public-presentation-of-last-forest-construction-plans382018?rq=Stutterheim)

08/06/18

KKFI Eco Radio interview of Julie Stutterheim discussing the efforts to preserve the Last KC Forest and also about Park Hill School District's "Informational Presentation”

(http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/battle-line-creek-forest/)

MILESTONE  08/06/18

12,000 “Preserve the Line Creek Forest” Petition Signatures

MILESTONE  08/07/18

Over 200 Community members attend Park Hill School District’s “Informational Presentation” to discuss Community concerns about developing in the Line Creek Forest

08/10/18

US News reports, “Residents Hope to Save Kansas City Forest; Kansas City residents are hoping to save an 800-acre Forest” (https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/missouri/articles/2018-08-10/residents-hope-to-save-kansas-city-forest?fbclid=IwAR2SfJSHHvjljgGxhC7C5Dwr53bIsnSPTrTQerOWOBkMJd005Ffn3__jQ0I)

MILESTONE  08/11/18

STLKCF co-hosts “Paint the Forest” event with local artists from the Urban Sketchers Kansas City and the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society.

MILESTONE  08/17/18

STLKCF Representatives set up “Protect the Line Creek Forest” booth at Parkville Days and meets with interested visitors.

08/17/18

The Platte County Citizen newspaper reports, “Park Hill hosts second forum on Last KC Forest” (http://www.plattecountycitizen.com/theplattecountycitizen/park-hill-hosts-second-forum-on-last-kc-forest1782018?rq=Stutterheim)

08/18/18

STLKCF Representatives continue to meet interested Community members at “Parkville Days” booth.

MILESTONE  09/23/18

13,000 “Preserve the Line Creek Forest” Petition Signatures

MILESTONE  10/16/18

STLKCF Representatives testify before the Kansas City Missouri City Plan Commission opposing Park Hill School District’s application for special use permit to build in the Line Creek Forest.

10/16/18

KSHB 41 reports “Conservation battle continues between Park Hill schools, concerned neighbors” (https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/conservation-battle-continues-between-park-hill-schools-concerned-neighbors?fbclid=IwAR0fD6axkIGmaGp8I1BEU9UhvP9wzpp1XzyclQ2dyUb_v44P-HuZsay11v0)

10/19/18

STLKCF Representative requests the Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources, Water Pollution Control Dept., conduct an inspection of the Hopewell Elementary construction site.

10/20/18

STLKCF co-hosts “Honeysuckle Sucks” on Trail Care Day with KC Park Dept. and Platte Land Trust

MILESTONE  10/26/18

The Platte County Citizen newspaper reports, “Kansas City delays vote on Park Hill application” (http://www.plattecountycitizen.com/theplattecountycitizen/kansas-city-delays-vote-on-park-hill-application26102018?rq=Stutterheim)

11/01/18

Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources, Water Pollution Control Dept., conducts full inspection of Park Hill School District’s Hopewell Elementary construction site and directs Park Hill School District to correct various issues.

11/01/18

STLKCF Representatives attend Park Hill School District’s “Informational Presentation” to discuss Community concerns about its development in the Line Creek Forest (a meeting required by the Kansas City Missouri City Plan Commission on Oct. 16, 2018)

11/06/18

STLKCF Representatives testify before the Kansas City Missouri City Plan Commission to oppose Park Hill School District’s application for special use permit to build in the Line Creek Forest.

11/06/18

KSHB 41 News reported, “Park Hill's plan to build school on untouched forest moves forward” (https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/park-hill-s-plan-to-build-school-on-untouched-forest-moves-forward?fbclid=IwAR087LBh6xmYPjBfcHso6R0SBi82xfZI71Qk1PgB2uLexn3Ki49ds5tLZsc)

11/13/18

STLKCF Representatives testify before the Kansas City Missouri Board of Zoning Adjustment to oppose Park Hill School District’s application for special use permit to build in the Line Creek Forest.

2019

Expanding reach

In 2019, our team met following the Board of Zoning Approval for Park Hill's application approval to determine next steps. We continue to hold Park Hill School District accountable to the promises they've made to our community. 

This year, we will be:

  • Engaging our politicians

  • Updating our materials to better reflect the latest information about our effort

  • Expanding reach and continuing to create awareness in our community

  • Focusing on the northern section of the forest

MILESTONE  4/13/19

13,500 “Preserve the Line Creek Forest” Petition Signatures

MILESTONE  4/30/19
STLKCF representatives travel to the Missouri State Capital in Jefferson City, Missouri, to ask Line Creek Forest-area Missouri State Senators and Representatives for their support to create the Line Creek Forest as a Missouri Dept. of Conservation public access conservation area.

“Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.”
—Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Julie Stutterheim

jstutterheim@icloud.com

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