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The mission of OzarksEnvironmentNews.com is to facilitate communication and to celebrate efforts and accomplishments among the environmental community of the Southwest Missouri Ozarks and to provide useful information to those who live in or visit the Region. Learn more...

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Welcome to OzarksEnvironmentNews.com!  This is your virtual bulletin board – a place to share information and celebrate your events, your accomplishments, your projects as well as a place to find info about organizations of like-minded folks, cool places to go to experience the outdoors at its best, and resources offering data, information, expertise.  You are invited to share your news and enjoy the news of others! Got news? Report it to info@ozarksenvironmentnews.com   Please note: we make every effort to ensure accuracy in our website; however, we cannot be responsible for info garnered from sites other than ours. 

Exciting news all!  Tickets are now available for “THE YEAR OF THE RIVER:  Ozarks River Conference”,
on October 14, 8:30-4:30, at MSU’s Darr Agricultural Center.
This represents the unique vision of Loring Bullard, who  began working on it last year, timed it to coincide with the 50th Anniversary
of the Buffalo River being designated America’s first National River
Please go to the link below to check out the timely and exciting program...and purchase tickets!
Don’t hesitate to respond with any questions and I’ll try to get answers!
Hope to see you at the “River’! 


Check our our Jobs/Volunteer Page!

Ozarks Transportation Organization Workshop, September 23, 9am-3pm

Dive into the Ozarks:  Homeschool Fair to be held at Springfield Nature Center, October 13, 2022, 10-2 pm

See Native Plant Sales Information below!

Next Start Date for AmeriCorps positions in the Stream Teams United VISTA Program is October 24, 2022

Find opportunities here and apply by Sept. 22

Mo. Recycling Association 2022 Conference  www.moraconference.org

October 11-13, 2022
Stoney Creek Inn - Independence, MO!

Stream Teams United Releases 2021 Annual Report

The Biden-Harris Administration is launching a website that, for the first time, provides a live dashboard to help communities see extreme weather and other hazards from climate change they are facing, while also providing maps projecting how each community could be impacted in the future. The new Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation portal will help state, local, Tribal, and territorial governments and leaders better track real-time impacts and access federal resources for long-term planning.

Member - $375.00
Non-Member - $460.00
One Day - $285.00
Exhibitors - $545.00
Extra Booth Staff - $260.00



H2Ozarks, formerly Ozarks Water Watch, is organizing the 22nd Annual Shoreline Cleanup to be conducted on October 2 and on October 7 – October 9! We started this event in 2001 on Table Rock Lake with less than 100 volunteers. Since then, with your help, we have grown to over 1,000 volunteers cleaning up Table Rock Lake, Lake Taneycomo, and Bull Shoals Lake.

This effort has resulted in the removal of over 18,000 bags of trash from the shorelines of these lakes. With more than 1,900 miles (over 1,730,000 water skis lined up end-to-end) of shoreline between the three lakes, there is still more cleanup work to do.

The local community has made this work possible with generous support!

Can we count on your support for the Shoreline Cleanup this year?

Be a sponsor! Organize a cleanup team! Give back to the community! This event is a fantastic opportunity for company team building, achieving volunteer hours for school or a scout troop, or just getting out and enjoying the outdoors with family and friends.

H2Ozarks is a non-profit, 501c3 company. Donations are tax deductible!

For more information visit www.h2ozarks.org or call 417-739-5001

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Missouri Department of Natural Resources



GrowNative! Fall Plant Sale

OZARK SOUL is excited to announce three opportunities to purchase our regional, native plants in Springfield, Missouri this autumn! At this time all events will allow on-site shopping as well as pre-order pick-up.

The following is a list of scheduled sale events in Springfield:

  • September 24 @ Springfield Conservation Nature Center, 10am - 1pm, On-site shopping Pre-orders welcome Location Link

  • October 1 @ Springfield Botanical Center Rooftop Plaza, 10am – 2pm, On-site shopping Pre-orders welcome Location Link

See a complete list of our Autumn 2022 sale events here: Sale Events Autumn 2022

Please visit PRE-ORDER for ordering information and pre-order pick-up protocol.

View our current AVAILABILITY

To place an order, email us at natives@ozarksoul.com or call (816)809-4062 or (636)448-7946. Please include name, email address, telephone number *required*, and sale event pick-up location and date in all correspondence.

Thank you for your past support of Ozark Soul and your continued interest in native plants!

David and Jenny Middleton



Watershed Committee of the Ozarks

2022 Fall Water Conference 


The Southwest Missouri Regional Water (Tri-State Water Resource Coalition) and Missouri State University will convene their annual regional water conference to provide an opportunity for all stakeholders interested in water issues - cities, towns, counties, business and industry, agriculture, academics, elected officials, state and federal agency representatives, and other groups whose missions relate to water - to discuss current water issues and our regional water future.


November 1, 2022 at the Darr Agricultural Center

Cost is $125 per person and includes breakfast and lunch, elected officials and students may attend free. Please RSVP to Cody Brewington at 417-836-8974 for accurate count. 


Wire Road Brewing Native Plant Sale

 October 22 10am - 2pm Come shop native trees, shrubs, grasses, perennial, and aquatics at Wire Road’s Beer Garden.

CONTACT: Erika Van Vranken, 636-303-7418 or outreach@moprairie.org

Native Plant Sale in Springfield September 17, 2022
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Purchase native wildflowers, grasses, and more from two vendors at the Watershed Center.

The Missouri Prairie Foundation and the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks will hold a native plant sale in Springfield on Saturday, September 17 at the Watershed Committee’s Watershed Center (2400 East Valley Water Mill Road) from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to shop native wildflowers, grasses, and more from two vendors to beautify your surroundings and support nature’s web of life in your yard or on your property,” said Carol Davit, MPF Executive Director. Vendors of this sale are Gaylena’s Garden of Barnett and Watershed Natives of Springfield.

Shoppers may also pre-order plants from the following vendor, if they wish, and have them ready for purchase at the sale:

Gaylena’s Garden
View the plant list on Facebook and email your order to gaylenasgarden@gmail.com by Friday, September 16.

Grow Native! is the native plant marketing and education program of the Missouri Prairie Foundation, a 56-year-old conservation organization and nationally accredited land trust. Grow Native! helps protect and restore biodiversity by increasing conservation awareness of native plants and their effective use in urban, suburban, and rural developed landscapes.


Color Sense- Paper Dyeing with Plants

Watershed Natives

Saturday, October 1st

Location: Watershed Center at Valley Water Mill Park


Remember to bring crates or containers to carry plants.


For more information or to register for Color Sense, Contact Christy@watershedcommittee.org


You can also visit the Watershed Natives web page.



*Now is a good time to check out Missouri Environmental Education Association (MEEA).




Ozarks Greenways

Missouri Department of Conservation

Honor Missouri conservationists with MDC awards

MDC biologist's work with endangered plant earns national recognition:  Congratulations, Rhonda Rimer!

MDC's Online field guide

Conservation Federation of Missouri

2023 Missouri Wetlands Summit, February 1-3, 2023  Lodge of the Four Seasons, Lake Ozark, MO


CFM and Missouri Department of Conservation are co-hosting the Missouri Wetlands Summit at the Lodge of the Four Season, February 1-3, 2023.


This summit provides an opportunity to listen to and discuss the history of wetlands in Missouri, the problems they have and are facing, as well as collaborate on ways to better protect and preserve our wetlands. We invite state and federal agency staff, public and private wetland researchers, engineers, managers, not-for-profit and nongovernmental organizations, hunters, birders, and any conservationist interested in helping shape the future of wetland conservation in Missouri. Early registration will open in November.


City Utilities Annual Report

*What's the Buzz About Pollinator Plots? Click here to find out!

*The new Springfield, Missouri 2022-23 Community Resource Guide is here


*Webinars: Click here for more information.


VITAL FARMS Check out what's happening at Vital Farms.


James River Basin Partnership  


Want to get out in the water and help JRBP as we monitor Jordan and Fassnight Creeks? We need you! JRBP staff will be conducting water quality monitoring on:


  • Jordan Creek: Thursday, October 6 

  • Fassnight Creek: Tuesday, October 11 


In case of high water, our rain dates are Tuesday, October 25, and Thursday, October 27. Sign up for one or both days! Both sampling events are part of our partnership with the City of Springfield. JRBP is a Missouri Stream Team (No. 1365).


We’ll start at 8:30 am and hopefully, finish up around 3:00 pm. Only available for part of the day? Come on out! No experience is necessary; we’ll train you streamside. Please bring river shoes/boots, old clothes you don't mind getting dirty, and a reusable water bottle. JRBP will supply sampling materials.


Interested volunteers should sign up through the JRBP website


Additional questions? 

Contact Todd Wilkinson, JRBP Project Manager at 

417-836-4847 or ToddWilkinson@JamesRiverBasin.com.




2022 River Rescue Registration

The Ozark Society Foundation (OSF) is soliciting proposals for a Youth Engagement Grant to local organizations that are working with students in environmental and conservation efforts.  Grants will go to organizations who encourage students to engage environmental awareness and conservation in the Ozark and/or Ouachita region. Successful projects range between $1000 and $3000 depending on the scope and needs of the project. Funds may be combined with other sources of funds to increase the size / impact of the project. To apply you must be affiliated with a 501c3 nonprofits or school located in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, as well as the Caddo, Bossier, Webster and Claiborne parishes of Louisiana.

Grant Timeline:

  • Applications open Monday, August 29, 2022

  • Deadline for applications is midnight on Saturday, October 22, 2022

  • Funds will be distributed in December 2022

  • Grant checks must be deposited by January 1st, 2023

  • Final grant reports will be due by Monday, November 20, 2023.

You can read more about the grant at https://www.ozarksociety.net/foundation/foundation-youth-grants/

You can direct questions about the grant or application to the head of the student engagement committee at: osfoundationgrants@gmail.com


The people of Southwest Missouri are known for their ability to work together to solve problems.  Communication is a critical component of those efforts. All advocacy work takes a toll on its warriors – we all need to celebrate our successes.


OzarksEnvironmentNews.com, created by Barbara Lucks, is a vehicle for both of these important components of a successful effort – communication and celebration.

Barbara Lucks grew up on a family owned and operated resort at the Lake of the Ozarks.  Her father built the resort in 1932, just as the Lake was filling. She grew up with a love and respect for everything outdoors and of nature.  Following graduation from Missouri State University, she stayed in Springfield and returned to a familiar pursuit – a career in corporate-level hotel management.  In 1994, she joined the City of Springfield as the Materials Recovery/Education Coordinator and was instrumental in positioning Springfield as a regional recycling hub.  She left the City in 2016, as the City’s first Sustainability Officer, to go into private consulting. She has an extensive resume – both professional and as a community volunteer leader.

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