Balancing Commerce and Nature in the Missouri River Valley

Missouri River Valley logoThe Missouri River Valley from Hermann to the Confluence is notable for its scenic beauty and history, its productive farmland and hilltop vineyards, and – more recently — the nation’s longest hiking and biking trail.  The Missouri is truly one of the world’s great rivers and the valley through which it flows has many unique natural assets.  Just as the river and the farms, fields, forests and vineyards that flourish along its course have created opportunity in the past, they can provide the foundation for future vitality.   In 2013, Magnificent Missouri (a 501c3 organization) published Missouri River Country, 100 Miles of Stories and Scenery from Hermann to the Confluence to call attention to the many attributes of this area.  The 192-page coffee table book includes segments by more than 60 contributors discussing the area’s significant historic, agricultural, artistic and natural assets.

In 2015 we want to bring together the people and communities of  Missouri River Country for a discussion of how the Missouri River, the Katy Trail, Busch Conservation Area, Shaw Nature Reserve and the surrounding countryside can help create economic opportunity.  This region, so close to metropolitan St. Louis, has the potential to become an even greater economic contributor while retaining its natural character.  We invite you and your friends to join us in discussing how we can simultaneously conserve and use our many natural, cultural and historic assets.  Our focus is the last 100 miles of river valley and includes the towns of Hermann, New Haven, Washington, Labadie, McKittrick, Treloar, Marthasville, Dutzow, Augusta and St. Charles and the countryside that surrounds them.


MO river valley like usPlease visit our Facebook page and join in a discussion to develop ideas that will create economic opportunity, conserve our land and water resources, and increase appreciation of this remarkable area.  We look forward to hearing from you both online and in meetings throughout the area.

Balancing Commerce and Nature is a project of Magnificent Missouri, a 501c3 organization dedicated to conserving Missouri’s natural resources by better connecting Missourians to the countryside around them.

For more information, contact Pat Schuba at