MDC & Local Partners are Bringing Nature Back to Crestwood Park

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently awarded Crestwood $75,000 through their Back To Nature grant program. These funds will be used to establish natural areas at Crestwood Park starting in 2022 through 2024. The primary goals of this grant program are to create urban wildlife habitat, establish community partnerships, engage the public in conservation education & volunteer opportunities, and train organization staff in the stewardship of natural landscapes.

In addition to MDC, this project is also supported by community partners that include the Crestwood Beautification Committee, The Open Space Council, Forest ReLeaf of Missouri, DTLS Landscape Architecture firm and local schools.

The total project area is approximately 8.75 acres and includes locations on the north and south side of the park. Restoration activities will involve removing invasive honeysuckle throughout the park and the creation of woodland, prairie, savanna, and wetland habitats to benefit pollinators and other wildlife.

This project will include volunteer activities each spring and fall to engage our community in these restoration efforts. Check back periodically for more information and follow our progress on Facebook.

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