MDC & MWSU Hold Prairie Ribbon Cutting

The Missouri Department of Conservation and Missouri Western State University recently dedicated a native grassland restoration on the university campus.

A ribbon cutting marked the end of the first growing season for the John Rushin Teaching and Research Prairie.

The grassland is named for John Rushin, retired biology department director at the university.

MDC helped plant 26 acres of prairie wildflowers and grasses early in 2020.

The planting is part of a 38-acre tract that includes the MWSU athletic department’s cross country running course.

Students will use the planting to study prairie ecology, and the public will get to visit to enjoy the wildflowers.