Summertime is Volunteer Time!

Please join us to help collect valuable native wildflower seeds from Ozark Regional Land Trust’s Woods Prairie Nature Preserve in Lawrence County, Missouri, near Mt. Vernon. Proceeds from the sale of these seeds are used to support protection and management of this spectacular never-plowed prairie.

Two evening outings have been scheduled:

  • Wednesday, August 9, 6:00 p.m. to sunset.
  • Thursday, August 17, 6:00 p.m. to sunset.

Please bring a couple of small buckets, hand-clippers, gloves, hat, sunscreen, water bottle, wildflower book, camera, and a friend. Children are welcome! Warm summer evenings are always beautiful and very peaceful out on Woods Prairie. Call Andy at 417-669-2976 with any questions or for last minute check-in if the weather is uncertain. Over the years, Woods Prairie has served as a seed source for countless wildflower plantings around southwest Missouri and the entire state. Seeds from dozens of rare prairie plant species have been collected and disbursed. However, after years of experimentation, we have learned which species are the most “profitable” to collect, and tend to focus on those 10 or 12 species.

Over the years, Woods Prairie has served as a seed source for countless wildflower plantings around southwest Missouri and the entire state. Seeds from dozens of rare prairie plant species have been collected and disbursed. However, after years of experimentation, we have learned which species are the most “profitable” to collect, and tend to focus on those 10 or 12 species.Directions to Woods Prairie:

Directions to Woods Prairie:

From Interstate Highway 44, take the Chesapeake exit (# 49) and go east (which may seem south) toward Chesapeake on Highway 174. At about 3 miles, turn south (right) onto Highway K. Proceed 1.5 miles and turn right onto Farm Road 2125. The prairie is 3/4 mile down this road on the left. Look for our new sign on the gate!

From Interstate Highway 44, take the Chesapeake exit (# 49) and go east (which may seem south) toward Chesapeake on Highway 174. At about 3 miles, turn south (right) onto Highway K. Proceed 1.5 miles and turn right onto Farm Road 2125. The prairie is 3/4 mile down this road on the left. Look for our new sign on the gate!

A Visit of Thanks, a New Project, and Monitoring!

David Hartig points out a pine seedling that was planted on his property last year

ORLT members know how to meet a challenge! For the last three years, long time Ozark Regional Land Trust member David Hartig challenged ORLT donors to raise $10,000 per year with our end of the year campaigns which we called “Grow for the Future!”. With that challenge, came David’s promise to match up to $10,000 for each of those three years – 2014, 2015 and 2016 – a total of a $30,000 match. ORLT members came through and that challenge was met! David also came through with his matching contribution.This month, the ORLT staff went to visit David to extend a huge thank you! Your contributions, with David’s match, mean that we are able to take on more projects than ever before, thereby conserving many more acres of our lovely Ozarks.

This month, the ORLT staff went to visit David to extend a huge thank you! Your contributions, with David’s match, mean that we are able to take on more projects than ever before, thereby conserving many more acres of our lovely Ozarks.(caption to be included with image)

This was a productive visit! While there, we also discussed the next project with David to conserve even more land. We also toured the property, and our stewardship specialist did the monitoring. Support from ORLT members and donors make all this possible.

Pictured left to right: Abigail Lambert, River Stewardship Specialist; Nic Rogers, Stewardship Specialist; David Hartig, ORLT Member; Peggy Horner, Executive Director; and Kelly O'Mara, Conservation Projects Manager

David continues to manage his 2000 acres of mostly forested land on Pigeon Creek in Dent County. The property is just upstream of Montauk State Park - the start of the Current River. His property is permanently protected by ORLT with a conservation easement. Protecting the headwaters of the Current River will mean protecting the water quality and quantity for all to enjoy downstream.

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