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From Missouri Conservationist: July 2020

Letters to the Editor

Submissions reflect readers’ opinions and may be edited for length and clarity. Email or write to us:

Missouri Conservationist P.O. Box 180 Jefferson City, MO 65102

Night Shift

Wonderful informative story: Spreading Life in the Darkness [May]. Kudos to the author/ photographer Dan Zarlenga. Give him more assignments!

David Franz, Branson

More on the Night Shift

Thank you for the excellent article on nocturnal pollinators. The photos were beautiful and I especially appreciate the “spotlight” on the light pollution problem, which is affecting so much of our wildlife. As with most threats, everyone needs to work together to mitigate it, and your suggestions for actions anyone can take were most helpful.

Elizabeth Stoakes, Lee’s Summit

I always look forward to finding your magazine in the mail each month, but I especially loved the article Spreading Life in the Darkness. Zarlenga’s photography was absolutely stunning, and it made me look at my flowers in a new way! Thanks for a great magazine that continues to open my eyes to the natural wonders all around.

Lisa Strader, St. Charles

Up Front

As a nearly 60-year young, lifelong resident of this great state, I stand in awe of Sara’s column in the May issue [Up Front]. It’s the first thing I read every month. Her direction and deepness are a precious gift for the future. You go, girl!

James Cobb, St. Peters

There are many reasons to appreciate the May issue of the Conservationist. I urge a reread of the director’s Up Front essay. It is an appropriate recognition of the reflective strength to be found in the solitude of nature. The beauty of the world of nature inspires us to deal with the everyday challenges of today. Faith in the future will prevail!

Andy Dalton, Springfield

State Nursery

I want to tip my hat to the Missouri Department of Conservation Tree Seedling program at the George O. White State Forest Nursery. The trees I received this year were planted and they appear to be doing well. I try to order a variety of trees each year and I am always pleased with the seedlings they provide and the success I have growing them.

I began planting trees in the early 1970s as part of a Vocational Agriculture Program at Advance, Mo. The pine trees I planted then are still growing tall today.

I believe you are blessed if you can stand in the shade of a tree you planted.

Michael Davis, Bloomfield

For the Love of Reading

I am a 94-year-old transplant from California who lives in a city apartment. I don’t fish. I don’t hunt. I don’t have land. I don’t walk the nature trails. I don’t have any children to educate. I’m not a birdwatcher. But I find your magazine the most interesting, informative, beautiful magazine I have ever read.

Margaret Wolf, Springfield


In the June issue, the picture used in What Is It?  was misidentified as wood nettle (stinging nettle). It was actually a picture of false nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica), which has nonstinging hairs.

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This Issue's Staff

Magazine Manager - Stephanie Thurber

Editor - Angie Daly Morfeld

Associate Editor - Larry Archer

Staff Writer - Bonnie Chasteen
Staff Writer - Heather Feeler
Staff Writer - Kristie Hilgedick
Staff Writer - Joe Jerek

Art Director - Cliff White

Designer - Shawn Carey
Designer - Les Fortenberry
Designer - Marci Porter

Photographer - Noppadol Paothong
Photographer - David Stonner

Circulation - Laura Scheuler