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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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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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Kirkwood’s Earth Day RESCHEDULED To May 6

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Bees Take Up Residence In Florissant Parking Lot

This was the scene in a Florissant parking lot on April 24 – Bees swarming in a tree outside several businesses. The sight created quite a stir. People were taking photos, and gathering outside business entries to watch the spectacle. Watchers wondered what the bees were doing and why they decided to do it in that spot.

We don’t have answers to those questions, but it was an unusual and interesting sight to see.

Photos by Holly Shanks.

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Don’s Dossier: Daggers & Daisies

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: Daisies to Climate Change Communication Center for Calling Out Dangers Of Climate Science Denial and Daggers to Heartland Institute’s Celebration Of Trump, Climate Change Denial, Scientific Data Denial.

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Is 2017 The Year Of The March?

Pictured: Sarah Willey.

Sarah Willey is this week’s guest on Environmental Echo. Willey is involved with local environmental and activists groups, such as the Sierra Club, Great Rivers Environmental Law Center, and MOmentum: Missouri Moving Forward.

Don Corrigan interviews Willey about her thoughts and opinions involving the EPA and climate change, the current political landscape, and 2017 becoming the “year of the march.”

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Forest Park Year In Review: Progress and Success

 

Saint Louis Art Museum at Forest Park. Photo by Holly Shanks.

Saint Louis Art Museum at Forest Park. Photo by Holly Shanks.

Forest Park Forever released its 2016 Year In Review report. This iconic park has been on the forefront of history in St. Louis since it opened to the public in June of 1876. From the 1904 World’s Fair to celebrating at Fair Saint Louis, generations of local families and visitors from around the world, have enjoyed, experienced, and continue to be excited about  Forest Park.

Take a few minutes and read about the restoration efforts, programs and progress that have been underway to continue to make Forest Park an inclusive treasure of St. Louis.

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Fenton Resident Catches Record-Breaking Shad

Photo by MDC Staff, courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation.

Photo by MDC Staff, courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports Riley Nolan of Fenton became the recent record-breaking angler in Missouri when he gigged a gizzard shad on the Big River in Jefferson County.

“Believe it or not, that shad was the only fish my dad and I got that evening,” he said.

See more of the MDC story below.

 

 

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Don’s Dossier: Daggers & Daisies

daisy-dagger-2Green Mothers Organizing For Marches In April To Support Scientists & Climate Action

Daggers & Daisies, a new weekly opinion feature of Environmental Echo, singles out friends and foes of the Earth for attention. Readers are encouraged to submit their nominees for Daggers & Daisies to environmentalecho@gmail.com.

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