Historic Bethlehem Valley: Site for EcoHealth Global Study

Whether in the city or countryside, farmland or forest, coastal or grassland country, healthy and resilient ecosystems help mitigate negative human effects on earth. James Aronson, of the Missouri Botanical Garden, says that the St. Louis metropolitan area has all of that, and should be designated a “complex site” to ignite the work of the newly formed EcoHealth Network, St. Louis. The St. Louis Chapter of the EcoHealth Network is devoted to natural systems that are interconnected in a worldwide awareness and purpose towards restoration of soil and diversity.

This past Saturday scientists and thought leaders braved the heat to meet Dan and Connie Burkhardt at their farm, Bethlehem Valley. It turned out to be the perfect day to brainstorm possibilities for the future of the program while highlighting the last 100 miles of the Missouri River.

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