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Native Trees & Plants

Including Pests, Diseases and Invasive Species

“Trees are the Answer!”  Professional and trained volunteers are available to assist in selection, care and identification of our beloved trees.  Native plants – strong, sturdy and efficient -- like the early explorers and Native Americans who first enjoyed them generations ago – remain a critical part of our natural history and culture.  Now valued as an essential component to sustainable landscapes, information about trees and native plants is readily available. 

Yard/Garden Certification Programs
A few people had questions about certifying their yard/garden/park as a Pollinator/Monarch/Wildlife/ Native garden. Here are a few links that may help answer those questions. Some projects just ask you to register your area so they can add it to their map/data.
Wildlife Habitat Certification- National Wildlife Federation (NWF.ORG)
Certified Butterfly Garden- North American Butterfly Association (NABA.ORG)
Monarch Waystation project- MonarchWatch.Org
Bring Back the Pollinators- Xerces.Org
S.H.A.R.E- Simply Have Areas Reserved for the Environment- Xerces.Org
MillionPollinatorGardens.Org- Asking people to register their garden to be counted
Pollinator Garden Signs- Pollinator.Org


Native Plant Information Resources (facts, site requirements, blooming period, etc)

MDC Online Field Guide – Learn more about the plants and animals in our state
Native Plant Database- GrowNative.Org
Missouri Botanical Gardens Plant Finder – Makes sure to check “Missouri Natives” and use the Advanced Search

Native Plant Gardening Resources

Native Landscaping Manual
- a four-chapter resource from Shaw Nature Reserve (part of the Missouri Botanical Gardens). Chapter 4 is beneficial to all native growers. I love this entire manual and highly suggest you look at it. It even suggests plants for difficult areas.
Native Landscaping Calendar- Grow Native’s website gives basic information about what is happening/what you can do in your garden season by season.
Easy Native Landscape Plans- Overwhelmed and don’t know where to start? Look at these predesigned plans and see if any of them suit your needs!
Pollinator Planting Guides- Type in your zip code to get a list of great pollinator friendly plants for your ecoregion. An excellent resource to peek at.
Pollinator Conservation Resources by Region- Some information from the Xerces Society which focuses on invertebrate conservation. They have great planting suggestions as well.
Buying Bee Safe Plants – Xerces Society PDF- How to buy plants which are safe for bees (some plants are pre-treated and can harm beneficial insects)
Protecting Pollinators from Pesticides – Xerces Society PDF
Upcoming Private Landowner Workshops- MDC- Includes some prescribed burns workshops
Local MDC Contacts- Use the drop-down menu to find your county. If you have a large property, you can reach out to a Private Lands Conservationist. Also, a good tool to find your local contacts.


Missouri Botanical Gardens Plant Finder – Makes sure to check “Missouri Natives” and use the Advanced Search

2021 Missouri Community Forestry Council 


Forest ReLeaf of Missouri

L-A-D Foundation Annual Report, 2022
The L-A-D Foundation recently released its Annual Report for 2022. The report reflects the four aspects of our Strategic Plan, which are maintaining a healthy forest, demonstrating stewardship, increasing L-A-D Foundation’s collaboration in the Ozarks, and sustaining our organizational mission in perpetuity.

A PDF of the report is attached 2022 L-A-D Annual Report.pdf.

The 2022 Annual Report and all past Annual Reports can also be found on L-A-D Foundation website.

We welcome questions and feedback. Email us at or visit our website at for more information.

















Diventures is hosting a summer kick-off event on Saturday, May 13 from 2-6 pm.  They are expecting at least 200 people in attendance.  They will have a couple of food trucks on site and Banter Brewing Company will be serving drinks,  For more information contact:      

5225 S. Campbell Avenue, Springfield, MO

Ozark Riverways Foundation

Check this out for their Upper Current River Celebration May 13, 2023 

Native Plant Sales in our Area


May 27 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm CDT

Springfield Native Plant Sale – Mother’s Brewing Co.

Mother's Brewing Company 215 S Grant Ave, Springfield, MO

MPF will hold a native plant sale on Saturday, May 27 at Mother's Brewing Company (215 S. Grant Ave., Springfield, MO 65806) from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Native plants beautify landscapes and help support songbirds and other cherished wildlife. Buy native wildflowers, grasses, shrubs, trees, vines, sedges, and native seed from Grow Native! professional

OZARK SOUL is pleased to announce several opportunities to purchase our regional native plants in Springfield, Missouri this spring! All events will offer on-site shopping as well as pre-order pick-up.

The following is a list of scheduled spring 2023 sale events in Springfield:

See a complete list of our Spring 2023 Sale Events Spring 2023

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

View our current AVAILABILITY
Availability will be updated weekly. We will have a greater selection as we approach the month of May.

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

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

David and Jenny Middleton

Bike Walk and Wheel Week

May 15 – 19| Ozark Greenways Bike, Walk, Wheel Event


In the Spirit of having Fun! Join us May 15-19 for our community’s annual celebration of being active and trying different ways to get about town – Bike, Walk & Wheel Week! We have a fun week of activities and incentives for you designed to encourage active modes of transportation to run an errand, get to work/school, or wherever you need to go. This event is free, and there is not any registration required. A complete list of activities is available on our website.


Being active can invigorate us and boost our optimism. Cycling, walking, and wheeling in our beautiful outdoors all offer a healthy break, both physically and mentally. We hope you head outside to be active, have some fun, and try something new!



Third Annual Trailblazer Challenge


May 15 – Sept 15| Third Annual Trailblazer Challenge


The Trailblazer Trail Challenge is designed to get you outside, solo or with your friends and family, to explore our wonderful local trails.


Ozark Greenways staff installs 15 temporary special signs throughout the regional trail system. While the signs are up, we invite everyone to visit the trails and find the signs. Along the way, we hope you have a chance to see new places and see places you’ve never seen before.


Make sure to find 10 of the 15 signs, share your photos on social media, and complete the form on our website by September 30.

USDA Forest Service
 Scientists identify genes tied to ash trees' resistance to emerald ash borer


Missouri Department of Conservation

Forestry:  The Stump Newsletter, current and past issues are available at:


Forest Health Alert: Anthracnose of Shade Trees
Maintains Sustainable Forestry Certification

Trees Work

Celebrate Missouri Trees Through Arbor Days

City of Springfield
Urban Forester

Springfield-Greene County Botanical Garden

Arbor Day Foundation
Annual Report

Grow Native!
Trees and Bushes

Tree City

NeighborWoods Program
Tree Registry







Ever wonder if being a Tree City USA, Tree Line USA, or Tree Campus made a difference or not. You have proved it does. The Arbor Day Foundation recently sent out an annual summary of all of Missouri’s Tree City USA information and national summaries of Tree Line USA and Tree Campus Higher Education. It is amazing seeing what you have achieved as a group.

In Missouri alone, there are 110 Tree City USA communities. Together you invested $22,997,122 or an average of $8.36 per resident in your communities. The people living in those communities account for 44.83 percent of Missouri’s total population. You reported planting 37,653 trees in Tree City USA communities. Imagine the benefits these new trees and what they will provide to your communities for years to come.

We are very proud of Missouri State University for being recognized as one of only 9 institutions of higher education in the US to achieve the Tree Campus, USA designation this year. City Utilities of Springfield was one of only 12 utilities that earned the Tree Line, USA, designation. The City of Springfield was also recognized as a Tree City, USA.

Source: Arbor Day Foundation. Special thanks to Jon Skinner, Missouri Dept. of Conservation, for sharing!

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