St. Louis Prairie Restoration Project has Catholic Roots

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Missouri's landscape looks much different now than it did when settlers first established homesteads centuries ago. Native prairies have been overtaken by invasive plants, or are buried under residential or commercial structures. These natural landscapes are important to preserve; we discussed this importance in a 2016 issue of Messenger Online.

Some prairies do still remain, hidden away in the most unexpected places. In St. Louis, a native prairie restoration project has been ongoing in the area surrounding a Catholic cemetery for over a decade. In 2005, a conservation and restoration plan was put in place by a partnership of groups including the Archdiocese of St. Louis, The Nature Conservancy, Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri Botanical Garden and The Green Center to restore the prairie within and surrounding Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis.

Interest has waned in the last few years, but dedicated conservationists are still working to restore the prairie to its original state, as the first settlers and native peoples would have experienced it. Read more about this restoration project here!

November 30, 2018 - 1:00pm
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