Patricia (Pat) and David Muckerman are pleased to have donated to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) approximately 55 acres in St. Louis County as an addition to Rockwoods Range. The donation was made in memory of Pat’s aunt, LaVerne Rogan, from whom she inherited the property. Pat has fond memories of her aunt, whom she knew as “Aunt Lovie”, and LaVerne’s husband of 44 years, George. LaVerne and George acquired the property in the early 1950’s. Although they worked in the city, they loved the out-of-doors and wildlife. LaVerne continued to live on the farm after her husband died in 1989 until her death in 2009. Pat recalls that whenever they talked LaVerne would talk about the deer, raccoons, and all the wildlife that she had seen: “She was a conservationist at heart. It makes me and my entire family happy that the Rogan farm is in conservation ownership, where the land can be protected and enjoyed by others. It would have pleased Aunt Lovie so much!”, Pat said.
The land is primarily forested and provides home to abundant wildlife including deer, turkey, songbirds, and much more. Gus Raeker, Forestry District Supervisor for MDC, said, “One of the most impressive aspects of this donation is how it fits into the big picture. These 55 acres add to a roughly 5,000 acre continuous block of protected forestland including Rockwoods Reservation, Rockwoods Range, and Greensfelder County Park—all within Missouri’s most heavily populated county. Besides the great wildlife benefits of this green space and its ability to produce clean water, it offers unparalleled opportunity for Missourians to view and enjoy one of Missouri’s scenic forest landscapes close to home. The donation makes this green space that much more remarkable!”
Directions to Rockwoods Range: From Interstate 44 west of St. Louis, take exit 261 (Allenton-Six Flags), then go north on Allenton Road and take an immediate left on Fox Creek; stay on Fox Creek for two miles.