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Boys Hope Girls Hope

An exciting native restoration partnership between Great Rivers, Boys Hope Girls Hope, local church groups, Shaw Nature Reserve and the Missouri Department of Conservation.

In 2013, Great Rivers members participated and guided a church community group in two work days at Boys Hope Girls Hope along with staff from the Missouri Department of Conservation and Shaw Nature Reserve.   Invasive/Exotic plants were removed and native plants were installed, weeded and mulched.  Storm debriswas removed and a plant guide was developed.  Also, periodic watering and weeding were provided as needed.
For 2014 there is a plan to plant a prairie and a bioswale as well as add plant markers for the natives.  Continuing maintenance will be needed until the plants become established.  A Master Naturalist from the Confluence Chapter has provided grass mowing and other services free of charge though his private company.
This site will be an example of an urban business conversion from high cost, high maintenance landscaping to a low cost, low maintenance, wildlife friendly landscape.  Since this is a non-profit, money can be diverted from maintenance of the landscape to the benefit of the clients. 
 

MDC Boys Hope Girls Hope Project

Boys Hope Girls Hope