From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
June 2013 Issue

I Am Conservation

Keith and Maura Harris recently installed a reinforced stream crossing on their property near Neosho, Mo. Baynham Branch is a perennial stream that runs through their property and eventually feeds into Shoal Creek, one of southwest Missouri’s larger rivers, and a source of drinking water for the city of Joplin. I am Conservation 06-2013The crossing they installed will significantly reduce sediment input to the stream that would normally occur every time agricultural equipment crossed over. “We’re trying to work with nature, not against it,” said Keith. The couple was able to tap into both state and federal cost share programs to help offset the cost of the crossing, which opened up 40 acres of their land to forest management that was otherwise inaccessible. “This voluntary practice shows the Harris’ stewardship ethic, their commitment to maintaining clean water, and their intent to reduce sediment inputs that could be detrimental to aquatic organisms,” said Missouri Department of Conservation Forestry District Supervisor Nate Forbes. “This type of conservation practice has applicability to the greater agricultural community across the state, where running water limits access to pastures and crop fields.” Keith said he and his wife want to leave their farm a better place than when they found it. “We like to think of what we’re doing here as basic homesteading,” he said. “If we can manage our farm well, work with our timber, raise some stock, and make the farm productive, we’re living a healthy lifestyle.”

—photo by Noppadol Paothong

Also in this issue

Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Missouri River Restoration

Conserving fish and wildlife habitat along America’s longest river

Painted lady butterfly

Compatible, Adaptable Coneflowers

Hardy enough for roadside displays, yet delicate-toned enough to be included in a backyard palette of pastels, Echinacea are an outstanding addition to any native garden design.

Fly Fishing For Trout

Fish

A world of good eatin’ in the state’s waters

This Issue's Staff:

Editor In Chief - Ara Clark
Managing Editor - Nichole LeClair Terrill
Art Director - Cliff White
Staff Writer - Bonnie Chasteen
Staff Writer - Jim Low
Photographer - Noppadol Paothong
Photographer - David Stonner
Designer - Stephanie Thurber
Artist - Mark Raithel
Circulation - Laura Scheuler