Prairies are natural communities of depthless beauty, with which humans have interacted for millennia. Before European settlement, native prairie covered about one-third of the state. While Missouri still hosts a variety of prairie types, these native grasslands are far in between.
Join us as Walter Schroeder (Missouri University Emeritus Professor of Geography) and Carol Davit (Missouri Prairie Foundation Executive Director) discuss the past and current importance of Missouri's prairie legacy to our state's natural, cultural, and economic history.
Professor Walter Schroeder was raised in Jefferson City, Missouri and educated at the Universities of Missouri-Columbia, Paris, and Chicago. He was a 38-year member of the faculty of Department of Geography at the University of Missouri. His professional interests are historical geography and environmental history, especially in Missouri.
Carol Davit is the Executive Director of the Missouri Prairie Foundation, a nonprofit land trust. Over her 25 years in conservation and environmental fields, Carol’s work has included land protection, sustainable use of natural resources, and conservation education.
Photo Credit: Bruce Schuette