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Sunday, October 9, 2016

The Holy Trinity of Conservation




One person can change the world! We've seen this many times in history and a Missouri couple chose to honor three men who did just that. Bruce and Jan Sassman own a farm - the Prairie Star Restoration Farm - in Bland, Missouri.

"Imagine walking up to John Muir's cabin and there he is, sitting on the porch waiting to greet you - or Thoreau or Leopold," Bruce said. "That's what we're going to re-create next June."

Nestled in the Ozark hills, cedar trees covered most of the farm when the Sassmans purchased it. As avid conservationists, they chose to work with the Missouri Department of Conservation to clear the land, plant native grasses and wildflowers, and preserve the stream that runs through the property.

Once they completed the land work, other ideas rolled around in their imaginations. Those ideas spawned the three cabins in the woods - each an exact replica of the men who changed the way we think about our environment. Today, Henry David Thoreau, John Muir and Aldo Leopold have homes on the Prairie Star Restoration Farm. Bruce called them the holy trinity of conservation.
Thoreau's Cabin

Now what? Bruce wanted to go a step further. In his research, he found men who have re-enacted the three men and will bring them to Prairie Star Restoration Farm on June 2-3, 2017.

Thoreau is possibly the most famous naturalist in America, Muir is recognized as the father of the national parks, and Leopold as the father of conservation. This event will be a delight for all who have an interest in taking care of our earth as well as all who wish to live closer to nature.

For more information, check out their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1738593603068703/




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