From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
April 2005 Issue

Back Cover

Dwarf crested iris (Iris cristata)

This small, native iris usually blooms in April within its restricted southeastern Ozarks range. Dwarf crested iris spreads by rhizomes and creates wonderful islands of color in the gravelly soils of ungrazed open woodlands. It is four to six inches tall with wide flowers. -- Jim Rathert

Also in this issue

Myths From the Deep

Monster fish in angling stories grow bigger with every retelling.

Spring Rain

A spectacular storm teaches us how precious and life-giving water is.

Tree Planting Breakthrough!

I propose that Missourians change the way that we plant trees.

This Issue's Staff:

Editor - TomCwynar
Managing Editor - Nichole LeClair
Art Editor - Ara Clark
Artist - Dave Besenger
Artist - Mark Raithel
Photographer - Jim Rathert
Photographer - Cliff White
Staff Writer - Jim Low
Staff Writer - Joan McKee
Circulation - Laura Scheuler