Planting Trees and Prairies


Conservation Easements

Planting Trees and Prairies

Fighting Invasive Species

Tree Planting Along the Katy Trail

The river that Lewis and Clark took west from St. Louis has changed greatly in the past two centuries but the bluffs and forests that overlook the river valley remain intact. In the fields beneath those bluffs are massive trees – pecans, oaks, and cottonwoods. All are remnants of the forests that originally covered the river valley. Some of these trees were witnesses to the original Journey of Discovery in 1804. It’s up to us to help reforest the land along the Katy Trail, as well as on private and public land in the river valley. 

Forest ReLeafOne of Magnificent Missouri’s key partners in conservation is Forest ReLeaf. They have collaborated with us for years in our tree planting efforts and by hosting an annual Tree Camp for children to raise the next generation of tree-mendous advocates!

Planting Prairies and Native Habitat

The 4-acre Peers Prairie lies between the Peers Store and the Katy Trail. In 2016, in collaboration with Missouri State Parks, we planted native wildflowers and grasses on this trailside property. It provides habitat and bio-diversity for the pollinators and beauty for all of us on the Trail.

To celebrate our 10th birthday, Magnificent Missouri will be planting the genetic offspring of the largest bur oak tree in Missouri. The trees will be planted along the Katy Trail; in the Washington, Missouri Riverfront Park; at the Ted and Pat Jones Confluence Point State Park; and in Forest Park. Read more here. 

Bur Oak near Defiance, MO

The Trees of Treloar

Reforesting Areas Along the Katy Trail with Native Missouri Trees

From left to right: Bill Spradley, Dan Burkhardt, and Mike Rood.

From left to right: Bill Spradley, Dan Burkhardt, and Mike Rood.

The Trees of Treloar, made up exclusively of native Missouri trees, have been planted along and near the Treloar Trailhead on the Katy Trail. These new trees will provide shade and beauty for trail users, a habitat for wildlife and pollinators, and runoff control for a healthy watershed. It will also serve as a place to promote Magnificent Missouri’s goal of reforesting areas along the Trail in collaboration with Forest ReLeaf.

Assistance for planning and planting the Trees of Treloar provided by Mike Rood at Pea Ridge Forest and Bill Spradley at Trees, Forests, and Landscapes.

Watch: “A reforesting project by Magnificent Missouri aims to provide multiple benefits to humans, wildlife”

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