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MA-30-16-0011-16

Missouri Botanical Garden
Fiscal Year: 
2016
Award: 
$148,672.00
City: 
Saint Louis
State: 
MO
Recipient Type: 
Museum
Program: 
Museums for America
Program Categories: 
MFA-Collections

The Missouri Botanical Garden will restore the 60-acre Whitmire Woodland Natural Area at its Shaw Nature Reserve. The Reserve provides stewardship and interpretation of a living collection and natural areas that feature Missouri's diverse natural plant communities. The garden will remove a dense infestation of invasive amur honeysuckle and all secondary invasive species; thin fire-intolerant trees from the canopy; restore native grasses and wildflowers by developing site-appropriate seed mixes; establish a prescribed fire management program, and develop a web application to document, track, and evaluate restoration progress. Ecological conditions of the Natural Area will be vastly improved as a result of these project activities. Overall, the visitor experience and educational programs of the Nature Reserve will be enhanced and public awareness about the threat of invasive species will increase.