“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
Join us for a great evening to benefit MPF’s prairie conservation work at this fundraiser to be held at the MU Alumni Center, Columbia.
Missouri Department of Conservation Director Sarah Pauley will give welcoming remarks, and our guest speaker is ecologist Dr. Quinn Long with the Missouri Botanical Garden who will present Tallgrass Prairie in the Anthropocene—Conservation in the Contemporary Landscape.
Dr. Long will draw upon his academic and applied background in prairie botany, ecology, and restoration as he discusses conservation of the prairies we love. A compelling presenter, Dr. Long will reference the past natural history of our prairies, current conservation successes and threats, and the challenges of planning for an uncertain future. As human activity has become the dominant influence on our environment, there is an urgent need to recognize the value of prairie in the North American landscape. Dr. Long is an ecologist at the Missouri Botanical Garden working to conserve and restore rare plant species and natural communities. His research interests include fire ecology, invasive species, ethnobotany, and restoration of grassland, savanna, and woodland communities. As a restoration practitioner, he has over 15 years of firs-hand experience establishing and managing prairie plantings on his family property near Hermann, MO. Dr. Long is an MPF technical advisor and a member of the Missouri Invasive Plant Species Task Force, housed within MPF’s Grow Native! program.
A silent auction will be featured, and Matt Miles will sign copies of his book, Missouri Wild and Wonderful. Dinner Sponsor: Pat Jones. Registration information will be posted soon.