What Did MPF Do in 2017? Read highlights of our award-winning work, and make a donation today to help us to more!
Thanks to you and other supporters, the Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF) accomplishes a sustained, high level of conservation activity for prairie, people, and native plants. We invite you to make a year-end, tax-deductible contribution to help us continue to protect the prairies you love. Here are some ways you can help:
• Make a tax-deductible contribution of any amount online or by sending a check to MPF c/o Martinsburg Bank, PO Box 856, Mexico, MO 65265-0856.
• Donate your old car, truck, boat, plane, tractor or other vehicle via V-Dac, or set up your donation by phone: 877-999-8322. Hassle-free for you, beneficial to MPF.
• Make a direct transfer to MPF of your IRA Required Minimal Distribution as a tax advantage for you. (Any amount of your RMD.)
• Make a donation of stocks, mutual funds, or other equities to MPF to eliminate accumulated capital gains taxes on those equities. Call us at 573-356-7828 for assistance.
On March 20, 2017, MPF was honored with the Conservation Organization of the Year award for 2016 by the Conservation Federation of Missouri. In 2017—with an active board, Grow Native! committee, other valued volunteers, and only three employees working in the field and in home offices, and gifts from supporters like you—we completed an incredible amount of other work, including these highlights:
• Purchased Noah Brown’s Prairie, a 59-acre property containing original prairie near Joplin, named in honor of Mr. Noah Brown, who bequeathed 19 acres of the property he protected as prairie for decades to MPF. Dedications were held for Noah Brown’s Prairie on July 22 and for Snowball Hill Prairie on September 30.
• Controlled invasive species and conducted prescribed burns on more than 3,000 acres of MPF-owned prairies and also contracted invasive species control services on 700 acres of land owned by the Missouri Department of Conservation.
• Carried out extensive restoration at our Pleasant Run Creek Prairie: treated 87 acres for tall fescue infestations, burned 45 acres of remnant prairie and 67 acres of degraded prairie, converted an eroded pond to an ephemeral wetland, removed 0.5 miles of old fence, and plan to seed 67 acres with native, locally collected, prairie plants later this winter.
• Gave away more than 5,900 native milkweed and nectar plants to groups and individuals to benefit monarch butterflies—thanks to a Missouri Department of Conservation grant.
• Funded a bird survey report of Golden Prairie, botanical surveys of MPF’s Snowball Hill and Denison Prairies, and a herpetological survey at Golden Prairie.
• Recognized our fifth anniversary of administering the Grow Native! program, with workshops held in Edwardsville, IL, Kirkwood, MO, Gray Summit, MO, Belleville, IL, Columbia, MO, and Kirksville, MO; produced articles for gardening publications and Top Ten natives lists; organized a successful Grow Native! professional member conference; organized a rain garden tour and free native tree walks; produced native plant fact sheets, cared for Grow Native! gardens at the Missouri State Fairgrounds, and much more.
• Organized meetings of the Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force to plan greater statewide invasive plant species early detection and control efforts.
• Awarded Prairie Garden grants to Polo, MO 4-H; Brentwood Middle School; and Truman State University.
• Organized events including the 8th Annual Prairie BioBlitz at Stilwell Prairie, 2nd Annual Prairie School at Noah Brown’s Prairie, a Prairie Solar Eclipse Party, and the MPF Annual Dinner in Columbia, featuring Dr. Quinn Long, director of Shaw Nature Reserve, presenting Tallgrass Prairie in the Anthropocene—Conservation in the Contemporary Landscape.
• Produced three issues of the Missouri Prairie Journal sent to members, elected officials, schools, teachers, landowners, and conservation leaders.
• Gave presentations on prairie and native plants to many groups including Kansas City Master Gardeners, MO Waste Control Coalition, National Roadside Vegetation Conference, Iowa Invasive Plants Conference, and the Southeast Grasslands Initiative Summit in Tennessee, and organized numerous native plant sales around the state. MPF also staffed educational booths at the Missouri Prairie Festival, St. Louis Zoo Pollinator Dinner, Conservation Day at the Capitol, and many other locations.
Ecologists rank temperate grasslands—which include Missouri’s tallgrass prairies—as the least conserved, most threatened major terrestrial habitat type on earth. Of Missouri’s original 15 million acres of prairie, we now know that fewer than 60,000 acres of high quality scattered remnants exist. Prairie protection efforts in Missouri, therefore, are not only crucial to preserving our state’s natural heritage, but also are highly significant to national and even global conservation work. MPF is the only organization in the state whose land conservation efforts are dedicated exclusively to prairie and other native grasslands. In 2018, MPF will continue its award-winning conservation work.
Your continued support is greatly appreciated. We invite you to contribute to its success with an end-of-year, tax-deductible gift to help make a difference in the protection of the prairies you love. We cannot conserve prairies or promote native plants without you.