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Brightside St. Louis Demonstration Garden & Learning Center

Brightside St. Louis Demonstration Garden & Learning Center

The sun shines on native plants at the Brightside St. Louis Demonstration Garden & Learning Center.

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Brightside St. Louis Native Demonstration Garden

Brightside St. Louis Native Demonstration Garden

The native demonstration garden at Brightside St. Louis is an example of the kinds of conservation projects MDC is seeking for its Community Conservation and Back to Nature StL grants. The application period for both is open now through Sept. 12, 2014.

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Broad contour levees's gentle slopes reduce erosion and wildlife burrowing

Broad Contour Levee

In order to reduce erosion and wildlife burrowing, the new levees will have 10:1 slopes instead of 3:1 slopes. Because these new levees will be broader and shallower than existing levees, floodwaters will be less likely to cause erosion during major flood events.

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Photo of biologist holding a broad-banded watersnake

Broad-Banded Water Snake

People often mistaken nonvenomous broad-banded water snakes for western cottonmouths. In the marsh, these harmless snakes typically eat fish and frogs.

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Bull Elk at Peck Ranch

Bull Elk at Peck Ranch

Peck Ranch Conservation Area in northwest Carter County and eastern Shannon County is home to a wide variety of native wildlife, including deer, turkey, and Missouri’s first herd of wild elk in more than 100 years.

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