August 5, 2017: MPF Annual Dinner
MU Alumni Center
Don’t miss MPF’s Annual Dinner and Silent Auction, featuring guest speaker Dr. Quinn Long, presenting Tallgrass Prairie in the Anthropocene—Conservation in the Contemporary Landscape. Missouri Department of Conservation Director Sarah Parker Pauley will give welcoming remarks.
Ecologist Dr. Quinn Long will draw upon his academic and applied background in prairie botany, ecology, and restoration as he discusses conservation of the prairies we love. A compelling presenter, Dr. Long will reference the past natural history of our prairies, current conservation successes and threats, and the challenges of planning for an uncertain future. As human activity has become the dominant influence on our environment, there is an urgent need to recognize the value of prairie in the North American landscape.
Dr. Quinn Long is an ecologist at the Missouri Botanical Garden working to conserve and restore rare plant species and natural communities. His research interests include fire ecology, invasive species, ethnobotany, and restoration of grassland, savannah, and woodland communities. As a restoration practitioner, he has over 15 years of first-hand experience establishing and managing prairie plantings on his family property near Hermann, MO.
This MPF fundraiser will be held at the at the MU Alumni Center, Columbia, MO. A silent auction of beautiful and unusual items and outdoor experiences will be available for bidding (see photos of the items at www.moprairie.org beginning July 5), and photographer Matt Miles will sign copies of his new book, Missouri Wild and Wonderful, which MPF will sell during the evening. There will be a presentation of Missouri Prairie Foundation Annual Awards and the Grow Native! Pioneer Award.
Dinner will include grilled free-range chicken breast, marinated in balsamic vinaigrette and accompanied with pearl onions, portobello mushrooms, and julienne of prosciutto ham, and a rich madeira sauce. Vegetarian and vegan entrées are available upon request. All entrée selections are accompanied by a University Club salad, warm rolls with butter, chef’s selection of vegetable and starch, iced tea, iced water, and freshly brewed coffee and decaffeinated coffee service. Two tickets for wine, beer, or soft drinks are included with each dinner reservation.
Dinner Sponsor: Pat Jones. Host sponsor: Mizzou Botanic Garden.