Monday, January 7, 2013
The Open Space Council for the St. Louis Region created Operation Wild Lands (OWLs) to facilitate ongoing wildlife habitat improvements; a rustic spot near Eureka was the one of the most recent benefactors.
Operation Wild Lands (OWLs) volunteers from Eureka and the St. Louis area recently assisted with removing more than 1,000 linear feet of unsightly split rail fencing at the Hilda Young Conservation Area—an area consisting of 970 acres of mostly forested land, located south of Eureka. The area has two trails for hiking, a pond for fishing as well as breath-taking scenery throughout its stretch and prairies. LaBarque Creek, a permanent stream running along the northern portion of the area, is known for its high quality riparian ecosystem. The Open Space Council for the St. Louis Region created OWLs to facilitate ongoing wildlife habitat improvements, which include area clean-ups, trail development and maintenance, invasive species removal, …
Saturday, September 22, 2012
"Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile." ~~William C. Bryant. How to find harmony in autumn on Sept. 22, including making Pumpkin Dessert Squares as a special treat or straightening up Mother Nature. What is your autumn tradition?
"To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring." ~~George Santayana Sept. 22 starts the first day of the autumn equinox for 2012 in the Northern Hemisphere, according to The Almanac. With a change in the seasons, there are so many things to anticipate. It's the perfect time to entertain outdoors, for example. And traditionally, it's been a time of year that inspires much poetry. The word autumn comes from the Old French word autompne (automne in modern French), and was later normalized to the original Latin word autumnus. There are rare examples of its use as early as the 12th century, but it became common by the 16th century. This time of year some people clean up the …
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Missouri residents have a 'dog in the hunt' in this year's Budweiser's 2012 Conservationist of the Year national award. Online voting for four finalists runs through Jan. 6.
Missouri leaders have had a longstanding commitment to conservation excellence, and many Wildwood and Eureka residents indicate they chose to live in this area due to the overall natural ambiance. Local outdoor lovers now have a chance to put Missouri on the national map in a manner that totally supports conservation. Don Johnson of Festus, MO, is one of four finalists for Budweiser's Conservationist of the Year Award. The recipient of this national award will be decided by online voting, which runs through Jan. 6. Each person may vote one time; all that's needed to enter a vote is date of birth. Vote now by clicking here. According to information on the Conservation Federation of Missouri's website, Johnson is active in the National …
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
The Save Our Parks rally began at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday outside the Lawrence K. Roos Government building on Central Avenue. The demonstrators sought to raise awareness about the possible closure of numerous public parks in St. Louis County.
- Nate Birt
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
A rally in support of St. Louis County parks drew a large crowd Tuesday in downtown Clayton ahead of a County Council meeting. Meanwhile, participants at a smaller event staged across the street called for an ordinance prohibiting residency requirements at a county women's shelter. "Let's not let it go any farther than tonight," said Ron Coleman, executive director of Maryland Heights-based The Open Space Council, told the parks rally through a megaphone. He referred to attendees taking a stand by speaking out against the proposed closure of nearly two dozen county parks in an effort to cut costs. Participants waved signs, chanted "Save our parks" and shared their thoughts about the possible closures. Some attendees brought their dogs. Bob…
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Two of Wildwood's trails are included in a new hiking rewards program.
Hikers and outdoor enthusiasts now have a new motivation to get out on area trails. Organizers at The Open Space Council just launched a program called "Passport to Meramec River Trails" to encourage outdoor recreation along the Meramec River. By hiking six designated trails along the Meramec and obtaining a stamp for each trail, participants can get a free water bottle and a one-year membership to the council upon submitting completed passports to Open Space Council representatives. The six participating trails include: Passports are available at park offices, visitor centers and by online requests, said Brittany Barton, council project manager. An 8-mile Green Rock Trail Challenge in Wildwood is planned for June 4 from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. …