I Am Conservation

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From Missouri Conservationist: Apr 2016

Monty and Mary Wheeler share a lifelong dedication to farming and a love of the outdoors. I am Conservation 04-2016Both enjoy fishing, are active in the Tri-Lakes Fly Fishing Club, and are involved in several farm-related organizations. They own and run cattle on the 82-acre tract of Polk County land north of Bolivar where Monty grew up. By the early 2000s, the Wheelers had grown tired of watching their pasture being eroded by Ables Creek, a stream that crosses their farm and flows into the Pomme de Terre River. Receiving technical and financial assistance from the Missouri Department of Conservation, the Wheelers put in a cedar tree revetment along a cut bank on the creek’s east side. Fencing was also constructed along the stream to keep out the cattle and allow a 50-foot streamside corridor to grow. “It completely fixed the erosion problem,” Monty said. “We now have sycamores and willows growing along the creek.” In addition to preserving grazing land, the Wheelers also are happy that this project has benefits for Ables Creek, the Pomme de Terre River, and the Pomme de Terre Reservoir, further downstream. “It was a really good project all the way around,” Monty said. “I can’t stress that enough.”

—photograph by David Stonner

This Issue's Staff

Editor - Angie Daly Morfeld
Art Director - Cliff White
Associate Editor - Bonnie Chasteen
Staff Writer - Heather Feeler
Staff Writer - Kristie Hilgedick
Photographer - Noppadol Paothong
Photographer - David Stonner
Designer - Les Fortenberry
Designer - Marci Porter
Designer - Stephanie Thurber
Circulation - Laura Scheuler