Missouri Prairie Foundation


To protect and restore prairie and other native grassland communities through acquisition, management, education, and research. The Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF), a statewide organization, also promotes the use of native plants through its Grow Native! program and supports the identification and control of invasive plant species through its Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force.

Address:P.O. Box 200
Columbia, MO 65205
Website:http://www.moprairie.org
Email:caroldavit@gmail.com
Phone Number:573-356-7828
Ecologists rank temperate grasslands--which include Missouri's tallgrass prairies--as the least conserved, most threatened major terrestrial habitat type on earth. Prairie protection efforts in Missouri, therefore, are not only essential to preserving the state's natural heritage, but also are significant to national and even global conservation work.

MPF's mission is to protect and restore prairie and other native grassland communities through acquisition, management, education, and research. MPF--now 51 years old--is the only organization in Missouri whose land conservation efforts are devoted exclusively to prairies and other native grasslands. In 2017, MPF owns 21 tracts of land, most of it original prairie and some reconstructed prairie, totaling more than 3,300 acres. MPF dedicated its 20th acquisition, Carver Prairie, on July 23, 2016, and closed on its 21st purchase of original prairie in February 2017. MPF continually seeks more prairie available for sale to purchase and conserve. On March 10, 2017, the Conservation Federation of Missouri named MPF the Conservation Organization of the Year.

MPF also promotes the use of native plants for landscaping, stormwater management, wildlife and pollinator habitat, and livestock forage through its Grow Native! program, and through Grow Native! also operates the Missouri Invasive Plant Species Task Force, an interdisciplinary group working to increase invasive plant control efforts in the state.
MPF is governed by a hands-on volunteer board of directors and stretches every dollar to fulfill its mission. MPF-including its 1,800+ members-is dedicated to providing excellent stewardship of the prairies in its ownership and sharing conservation strategies in public and private sectors, supporting prairie research, and promoting the use of native plants in the built environment and altered landscapes.

Some of MPF's many accomplishments, in addition to its land acquisition program mentioned above:
• successful advocacy for the acquisition and conservation of thousands of acres of native prairie by the Missouri Departments of Conservation (MDC) and of the Mo. Dept. of Natural Resources
• management services to 700+ acres owned by the Ozark Regional Land Trust, MDC, and The Nature Conservancy
• designation of MPF's Golden Prairie as a National Natural Landmark in 1975; receipt of the 2011 Kansas City WildLands Environmental Excellence Award for an Organization and of the 2010 St. Louis Audubon Society Conservation Award. On March 10, 2017, the Conservation Federation of Missouri awarded MPF the Conservation Organization of the Year.
On March 10, 2017, the Conservation Federation of Missouri named the Missouri Prairie Foundation the Conservation Organization of the Year.