by Don Corrigan
Democrats’ takeover of the U.S. House on Nov. 6 means that environmental issues will come to the fore, but that does not mean policies coming out of Washington, D.C., will be any greener. That is because climate change skeptics will still be in charge of the White House and the U.S. Senate where they will present roadblocks to environmental initiatives.
That assessment of post-election environmental politics came from Professor Amanda Rosen, who teaches political science at Webster University. She was on a panel entitled “What did the Nov. 6 Election Mean for the Environment?” at the university on Nov. 14. Other panelists included newly-elected St. Louis County Councilwoman Lisa Clancy and Missouri Sierra Club Director John Hickey.
Clancy said that most environmental progress is going to take place at the local level, not in Jefferson City or Washington, D.C., which remain in control by politicians who are hostile to most environmental initiatives. Locally, the City of St. Louis has resolved to become a city powered by renewable energy and St. Louis County voters passed a measure on Nov. 6 to protect their parks and to prevent them from being sold without voter approval.
Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE) released information about a local bill that would help regional farmers bring fresh food to the areas of St. Louis that need it most. MCE, an advocacy group, helps to bring awareness to Missouri’s environmental issues, including local access to fresh and affordable locally grown foods.
Please take a look at the latest updates below from MCE. Also, check out their website for informative information about local environmental issues.
Webster University and the Sierra Club Missouri Chapter will host a panel discussion about how this year’s midterm elections will effect the environment.
The event will be held Wednesday, November 14, 2018, starting at noon.
For a list of speakers, lunch details, parking information and how to register for the event please click read more below.
The Katy Land Trust has been working to keep the proposed Missouri Bluffs subdivision construction from moving forward. On July 25, 2018, Great Rivers Environmental Law Center filed suit in the St. Charles County Circuit Court on behalf of Weldon Woods, Inc., and Mark Kaiser, asking the Court to void the rezoning allowing a huge subdivision to be built on wooded bluffs overlooking the Missouri River.
The Katy Land Trust has released an update about the effort:
As you know, on July 25 a lawsuit challenging the St. Charles County Council’s decision to allow the Missouri Bluffs subdivision to proceed was filed by Weldon Woods Inc. The St. Charles County Planning and Zoning Commission voted 8 to 1 in opposition to the development, yet the County Council disregarded their recommendation. The Council’s action triggered this lawsuit.
On behalf of Weldon Woods Inc, Great Rivers Environmental Law Center has been hard at work on this case since they filed it last summer. Yesterday, October 29, the most recent hearing was held at the St. Charles County Courthouse and a trial date for the case was set for March 12, 2019.
Read more below…
Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center and its grounds will be closed Saturday, Nov. 3 through Monday, Nov. 5 to accommodate a managed archery deer hunt on the area. During this time, the nature center building and grounds, including the surrounding trails, will not be accessible to the general public. Powder Valley will resume normal operational hours again starting Tuesday, Nov. 6.
The goal of the three-day managed hunt is to help balance deer populations which have grown beyond what Powder Valley’s 112-acre habitat can provide for, according to MDC Urban Wildlife Biologist Erin Shank. Using data from winter survey counts, Shank estimates the deer population is approximately five times what can comfortably exist there, given the area’s size and proximity to residences and roadways.
While visitors enjoy seeing deer and the animals are an important part of the area’s wildlife population, excessive numbers cause negative impacts to other plants and animals, which also draw visitors and are equally important to the area’s biological diversity.
On November 4, the St. Louis Audubon Society will hold its Fall Gaggle, an awards celebration and auction, at the Schlafly Tap Room in downtown St. Louis. The annual gathering raises funds to further efforts to conserve the environment and educate the community about its natural wonders. Key leaders from within the organization and around the region will be celebrated for their contributions.
Forest ReLeaf of Missouri will receive the “Outstanding Conservationist” award at this year’s Fall Gaggle. Since 1993, Forest ReLeaf has planted more than 150,000 trees in underserved communities and areas affected by major weather disasters throughout Missouri and Illinois. Forest ReLeaf staff and volunteers are dedicated to restoring and sustaining urban forests and educating people about the many benefits of trees.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released its 18th annual Green Power Leadership Awards, recognizing 10 Green Power Partners across the country.
The winners included Anheuser-Busch Companies, LLC, in St. Louis for Excellence in Green Power Use.
Way to go A-B STL! Keeping St. Louis in the winning list of GREEN POWER companies making a difference!
Read more from the EPA’s news release below.
The Missouri Botanical Garden released information about a new event and it’s just in time for Autumn – Tree Week! Check out the release below for more about the event.
The Missouri Botanical Garden is celebrating its colorful canopy at the peak of fall foliage season. Tree Week is a new campaign offering visitors the chance to learn more about the Garden’s impressive tree collection, and the staff who care for it, all while soaking in the bright red, yellow and orange hues overhead.
Each year, the Smokey Mountains website publishes an interactive “Fall Foliage Prediction Map.” The foliage map can help you plan the best weeks around the U.S. to see the peak fall colors!
To view the interactive map CLICK HERE.
Friday Night Live: Super Villains or Super Heroes is a special evening event for the whole family from 6–9:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center in Kirkwood. Visitors will learn about spiders from “Charlotte’s: Web” characters on the nature center’s Tanglevine Trail.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) released information about a family fun event happening at the Powder Valley Nature Center. Kids and adults alike can learn about nature in a fun outdoor setting all provided FREE to families to enjoy.
Missouri and its citizens are lucky to have the MDC – Is it any wonder other states look to us and our conservation efforts as a blueprint to follow for success! Bring your family and take advantage of what great things the MDC has to offer for everyone no matter how they enjoy our great outdoors!
Find more information below about the Powder Valley Nature Center’s event form the MDC.
Take a minute to look and you might find that nature provides sagas of heroes and villains every day that could rival the drama in Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters.
The MDC is drawing up the curtain to reveal these dramas at a free event Friday, Oct. 19 at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center in Kirkwood. “Friday Night Live: Super-Villains or Superheroes” is a special evening event for the entire family from 6–9:30 p.m.
“This event is designed to connect people of all ages to unexpected and often misunderstood wildlife in Missouri,” said MDC Naturalist Rebecca Rodriguez. “To some, these animals may appear to be supervillains; however, a closer look will reveal that they are really superheroes because they help make Missouri a great place to enjoy nature.”