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A New Way To Explore Forest Park!

Photo: Forest Park Forever

Forest Park visitors can now rent stand up paddleboards and explore the Park’s waterway!

To get more information, rental location, prices and photos of paddleboarding at Forest Park CLICK HERE.

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Vandalism Couldn’t Keep Him Down: Smokey Bear Returns To Rockwoods Reservation In Wildwood

Photo by MDC Staff, courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation.

Smokey Bear returned home to Rockwoods Reservation in Wildwood recently. His homecoming is thanks to a partnership between the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) and the Metro West Fire Protection District of St. Louis County.

Smokey’s Journey…

In August 2015, Smokey Bear was stolen from his post along Route 109 in an apparent act of vandalism.  Part of the mascot turned up about a week later in a local junkyard, but there was not enough left to put back up.

According to MDC Forestry District Supervisor Gus Raeker, the facility received a number of calls expressing concern over the disappearance of the local icon.

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Don’s Dossier: Daggers & Daisies – GOP Establishes Itself as “Anti-Environment Party” Rejecting Past Legacy; Meanwhile, Environmentalists in St. Louis Go Local

Don Corrigan serves up his weekly opinion about who deserves a dagger for being a foe to the environment and who deserves a daisy for being a friend of the environment.

This week: Steve Bannon and GOP Leaders and Local St. Louis Mayors & Environmentalists.

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Flooding Issues Take Center Stage At City of Fenton Meeting

The Fenton Board of Aldermen heard concerns from the residents and business owners about the recent flooding at its meeting on June 8. Historic flooding has plagued the area for the second time in less than 18 months. Comments ranged from the issues of floodplain development to the Valley Park levee.

Listen below to hear first-hand the comments from the residents and business owners about their concerns and anxiety about the continued flooding.

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Celebrate Pollinator Week At The Saint Louis Zoo Pollinator Dinner June 20

Photo by Holly Shanks

National Pollinator Week, June 19-25, 2017, focuses on the importance of pollinators for the health of ecosystems as well as our own survival.

The Saint Louis Zoo has released information about its upcoming POLLINATOR DINNER. The popular annual event will feature a  special “Native Foods, Native Peoples and Native Pollinators” dinner focusing on the rich food and cultural history of Native Americans that native pollinators help provide. Also, exhibitor tables and displays about Native Americans, bees and other pollinators, food and agriculture, and gardening and habitat restoration.

Guest speaker is Jane Breckenridge, co-director of Tribal Environmental Action for Monarchs (TEAM). She will present her presentation of “Restoring the Connections: How Native Culture and Science Are Working Together to Create a New Model for Conservation.”

Registration is required for the June 20 event. The cost is $50 for adults (13 and older) and $25 for children. Proceeds help support the Saint Louis Zoo’s Wildcare Institute Center for Native Pollinator Conservation. More information or to register CLICK HERE

More from the Saint Louis Zoo release below.

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Don’s Dossier: Daggers & Daisies – Trump & America’s Young Evangelicals

Don Corrigan serves up his weekly opinion about who deserves a dagger for being a foe to the environment and who deserves a daisy for being a friend of the environment.

This week: Trump Joins Syria and Nicaragua To Take Stand Against What He Calls The “Chinese Hoax” of Global Warming.

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Help Clean-Up Simpson Lake County Park & Greentree Park Saturday, June 3

Photo by Ursula Ruhl, South County Times.

The Open Space Council in partnership with the St. Louis County Parks, Kirkwood Parks and Recreation, and REI, are sponsoring a local flood clean-up event at Simpson Lake County Park and Greentree Park. The event is Saturday, June 3, 2017, 9 a.m. to noon.

Register to help HERE.

More from the Open Space Council’s release below.

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Webster University Sustainability Program Hosts Free Summer Lunch & Learn Events

Join Webster University Sustainability and Butterfly Energy Works on Wednesdays during the summer months beginning May 31st from 12pm-1pm to learn about strategies and solutions being created and used right here in our local community to improve environmental, social and economic sustainability. The first session will feature Wayne Garver, president of the Gateway Electric Vehicle Club.
The lunch lectures include a free lunch and free opportunity to learn from a local environmental sustainability champion. After the final session on August 2nd, attendees will be entered into a drawing to win a Rolling Ridge Nursery gift card! Attendees will receive an entry for each session attended.

More details, such as speakers and building/room locations, can be found online HERE.  To register for a Lunch & Learn: CLICK HERE.

Parking is available in Garden Park Plaza parking garage. For more information contact Kelsey Wingo at kelseywingo07@webster.edu or by phone at 314-246-8611.

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Perfect Storm: Climate Change, Commercial Development, and Floodplains

Photo by Ursula Ruhl, South County Times

“How high’s the water, mama?” Johnny Cash sang in 1974. The  scary answer: “Five feet and risin.’”

The late, great Cash should have seen our flooding Meramec River, between Kirkwood and Fenton, earlier this month. He could have easily sang, “43 feet and risin.’”

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Gateway Greening: Good Home Needed For Free Plants May 25

Gateway Greening will be giving away the remaining plants from thier annual plant sale for FREE at the Carriage House location (3815 Bell Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108) from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., on Thursday, May 25, 2017.

This year Gateway Greening experienced an overwhelming abundance of donations to our annual plant sale. Despite seeing many beautiful plants heading off in the hands of gardeners just like you last weekend, we still have many more in need of good homes.

For more information contact Gateway Greening at (314) 588-9600.