By Tamie Yegge, Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
You may recall that last December, a team of over 50 volunteers converged on the North and South sides of the 1-270/1-44 interchange to plant Missouri native grass and forb seed. The native seed was mixed with an annual rye grass which was meant to quickly sprout, grow and protect the soil from erosion while the native seedlings developed.
The goal of the project was to reduce the amount of fescue along the roadways, therefore, reducing the amount of mowing required by MoDOT crews, and also to re-establish a remnant of our past. Eventually we’ll see there a beautiful, flowing field of tall grasses interspersed with the subtle beauty of native wildflowers. This has worked very well, although you probably won’t notice anything happening on those sites for another year or so.