Magnificent Missouri Newsletter

 
Dan and Connie Burkhardt in front of the historic Peers Store in Marthasville, MO.

Dan and Connie Burkhardt in front of the historic Peers Store in Marthasville, MO.

Mission: #Magnificent!

Dan Burkhardt, President - Magnificent Missouri

W hen John McPheeters and I founded Magnificent Missouri in 2012 we had great expectations for engaging more people in conservation by bringing attention to the beauty of the Missouri countryside. We enlisted the help of Gerard Craft, then at Niche Restaurant, and Cat Neville, of Feast Magazine, to talk about the value of the land as a source of local food - we were off and running... more


Ralph Pfremmer

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Seeing is #Believing

Ralph Pfremmer, Executive Director

“When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they think they didn't really do it, they just saw something”

-Steve Jobs

T his favorite quote by Steve Jobs seems to resonate when considering the origin of Magnificent Missouri and how a small group of creatives got things off and running by looking at things...just a little bit differently. So what did they see? ... more


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#Conservation

Missouri Bluffs

S ince this project was announced in December, 2017 you have let St. Charles County officials know how much you care about these forested bluffs that overlook the Missouri River.

The message was clear - you didn’t want to exchange these wooded hills for subdivision homes and you wanted the work of generations of St. Charles County residents to conserve this area to be respected - and continued.

Regardless of the outcome of the Council’s final decision, the public’s message was unanimous and clear - people value forests and trails and there are more suitable places for subdivisions in St. Charles County. To confirm the validity of your position the County’s Planning and Zoning Commission agreed with you - twice.

Thanks for your outpouring of concern during the past 19 months. Your contributions made a difference.


The grounds of Sunflower Hill Farm with bicyclists' tents ready for another day of riding on the Katy Trail.

The grounds of Sunflower Hill Farm with bicyclists' tents ready for another day of riding on the Katy Trail.

#Recreation

Rail to Katy Trail Ride

A t Sunflower Hill Farm Trailnet riders had an overnight on a mild Saturday night - a hot shower before settling in for a fun evening of a whole hog dinner and live music. On Sunday riders were greeted with a continental breakfast and began the ride back to Kirkwood. It was a good time had by all and, if you haven’t yet checked out Sunflower Hill Farm , do it today!


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#NextGen

Missouri River Relief

M agnificent Missouri was proud to partner, once again, with Missouri River Relief , providing a 5-day/4-night camping scholarship for one of our youth to experience Missouri River Academy.

While the river was high, the Katy Trail was the perfect place to take a ride out to Peers Store and learn about the history and culture of the area along with the native prairie right outside the front door.

This wonderful camp, held each year in July, acquaints students with the natural and cultural history of the Missouri River through adventure, exploration, and investigation. While meeting new and old friends from all over, campers discovered the rivers ecosystems and the natural forces that shaped them.

Want to know more about Missouri River Academy? Check it out!


#SoilHealth

Eco-Health Network

W hether 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 Eco-Health Network, St. Louis.

The St. Louis Chapter of the Eco-Health Network is devoted to natural systems that are interconnected in a worldwide awareness and purpose towards restoration of soil and diversity.

T    his past July 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.

T his past July 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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#AcrossSTL

Launch Party Sparks Optimism

T his past May we celebrated yet another issue of Across STL , inviting friends and supporters to #MADESTL , St. Louis' Maker Space. We kicked off the summer with an inspiring message of optimism by entrepreneur Jim McKelvey.
We call Across STL a love story - a binge-worthy, day-in-the-life trilogy about the region we call home. The cover story this year was a tribute to Jim as the consummate fire-starter, putting his money where his heart is, back into the St. Louis region.

From out here in the backyard, we salute Jim Mckelvey and the work he is doing to move things forward in the metropolitan area. We recognize that the last 100 miles of the Missouri River plays an important part when talking about our regional narrative.

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FALL EVENTS

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Sept 8th

White Grape Harvest

C ome to Mount Pleasant Winery on Sunday, September 8th for a behind-the-scenes look at Missouri's only Conservation Wine, Bethlehem Valley Vineyards. Come to Mount Pleasant Winery on Sunday, September 8 for a behind-the-scenes look at Missouri's only Conservation Wine — Bethlehem Valley.

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Sept 28th

Missouri Prairie Foundation

Why Prairies Matter

Enjoy complimentary wine provided by Magnificent Missouri and learn about prairie—one of the mightiest ecosystems on earth—from Franklin County native Carol Davit. Find out why prairie matters to all Missourians, and how prairie resources can be incorporated on farms, yards, and cities to improve our quality of life.

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October 13th

Treloar Elevator Party

I n support of the Marthasville Volunteer Fire Department , join us for live music, tours of the Treloar Mercantile, and tasty brats grilled by the Marthasville Volunteer Fire Department.

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October 20th

Trailnet's Katy Wine Tour

Our partners at Trailnet have done it again! Enjoy Missouri wine country at its very finest at one of their most scenic rides.

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November 2nd

Katy Trail

Honeysuckle Hack

Join Missouri State Park staff and volunteers on the Katy Trail at Marthasville, MO Trailhead at 9:00 AM in the effort to remove invasive bush honeysuckle. No pre-registration required. Join us as we work together to eliminate this invasive plant from Katy Trail habitat. Please bring gloves, water bottles and insect repellent. Comfortable high-topped shoes and durable work clothes are highly recommended. Some tools will be provided. Contact Ralph@magnificentmissouri.org for more details.

 
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Magnificent Missouri's mission is to conserve and increase appreciation of the Katy Trail and the last 100 miles of the Missouri River Valley — as a premier regional asset — through education, events, and collaborative projects.

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