By Scott Woodbury
I am happy to report that the I-270 and I-44 cloverleaf prairie conversion is well underway. The combined efforts made by David Schilling (Washington University), Tamie Yegge (MDC-Powder Valley), John Behrer (Shaw Arboretum), Linda Chambers (Henry Shaw Ozark Corridor Foundation), and Mark Grossenbacher (Missouri Dept. of Transportation) have been successful. Planting plans were made, native Missouri prairie seed was purchased by MoDOT, and the seed was sown on Saturday, December 11, 1999 with the tremendous support of about 45 volunteers.
By Tom Chryst
Scenic Missouri has sponsored an initiative petition for a proposed law, which will be submitted to the voters at the general election on 7 November 2000, as follows:
Shall Missouri statutes be amended to prohibit the construction of most new outdoor advertising and to further restrict existing outdoor advertising along all National Highway System highways in Missouri; to increase the authority of any city, county or local zoning authority to regulate outdoor advertising; and to prohibit the removal of trees and vegetation located on public rights of way except for purposes of improving aesthetic or environmental value or of eliminating safety hazards?
By Tom and Marilyn Chryst
The eight Aldo Leopold benches that were built by Wild Ones last winter were installed along the Wildflower Trail at Shaw Arboretum on November 6th. Several rugged Wild Ones, assisted by Arboretum staff, participated in the hard work of placing the benches.
On January 5th, the Wild Ones bench-makers gathered again at Shaw Arboretum. The hardy seven, all of whom were among last year’s “construction crew”, met at 6:30, and by 9:00 we had put together ten Aldo Leopold benches. This year’s model is slightly wider than the original ones; it seats three (rather than two) comfortably. Another difference is that we will be selling them in May at the Shaw Arboretum Native Plant Sale. Thanks to all who helped.
By Tom Chryst
There is a great web site with aerial photographic coverage of much of the United States, and some foreign areas as well, which might be of interest to Wild Ones.
Go to terraserver.com, type in “St Louis, MO” and click “go”. Pick an image and start experimenting. Zoom out for a wider view, locate some landmarks, and then click “topo” to see the corresponding map of the area. You should soon be able to locate your own neighborhood, click back to “photo”, then zoom in closer and find your house.
For a fascinating simulated “long shot” of the entire area, showing St. Louis at the confluence of the Missouri, Mississippi and Illinois rivers, click on “relief”. Go back to the home page and try some foreign images – for example, the Suez Canal. Be prepared to spend some time on this one – it’s addicting!