MPF Receives Conservation Impact Award

October 19, 2020 | News

The Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation have recognized the Missouri Prairie Foundation for its commitment to Missouri’s native grasslands.


JEFFERSON CITY (October 19, 2020)—During the virtual Missouri Conservation Partners Roundtable event on October 13, the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation honored the Missouri Prairie Foundation with the Conservation Impact Award. The award recognizes commitment and ongoing beneficial impact to the health of Missouri’s land, water, and forests and the sustainability of all fish and wildlife.

Both the Missouri Prairie Foundation and Quail Forever & Pheasants Forever were recognized with this award for their strong focus and passion for collaborating with diverse partners, and for their work acquiring key grasslands for protection and enjoyment. 

The Missouri Prairie Foundation is a 54-year-old membership organization and land trust that protects and restores prairie and other native grasslands through acquisition, management, education, and prairie research. The organization owns 23 properties totaling more than 3,200 acres of prairie across the state, and with partners, inspires the conservation of thousands more. The Missouri Prairie Foundation is also home to the Grow Native! native plant education and marketing program and the Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force.

Tricia Burkhardt, Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation Interim Director, said “The work that the Missouri Prairie Foundation does is vital to the heritage of our state. Not only are they protecting and restoring prairies for native plants and animals, but also for our enjoyment of these beautiful places. Their Grow Native! program exemplifies the conservation impact they are having across the state by making it easier for people to do their part to promote biological diversity on their own property. We are humbled to call them a partner and excited to present them with this award.” 

Two other groups were honored at the awards presentation. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education was presented with the Conservation Intersection Award and Sovereign Sportsman Solutions was presented with Conservation Innovation Award. 

Sara Parker Pauley, Missouri Department of Conservation Director, shared the significance of all the awards. “The heart of these awards is to honor partnerships and collaborations in conservation that make lasting differences and bring energy, impact, innovation, and connection to the work we do,” said Pauley. “We could not deliver the conservation results we do without our incredible partners. They shape and grow our mission every day in Missouri and we are delighted to honor these shining examples.”

“We are honored to receive the Conservation Impact Award, along with our valued partners Quail Forever & Pheasants Forever,” said Carol Davit, Executive Director of the Missouri Prairie Foundation. “We look forward to continuing our long tradition of partnering with other conservation groups to protect prairies and grassland wildlife, which are valued by so many Missourians.” 

To learn more about the Missouri Prairie Foundation and its many public events, including Prairie Picnics on October 24 and 31, visit


Pictured: The Missouri Prairie Foundation board members, committee members, and staff members contribute to the award-winning conservation work of the 54-year-old organization.


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