Riverlaw serves as conservation counsel to Land Learning Foundation, a conservation land trust focused on outdoor youth education & aquatic habitat restoration.
We are partnering with The Nature Conservancy and other conservation organizations to implement a streambank restoration and wetland rehabilitation project on a 35-acre track at the confluence of Hickory Creek and Shoal Creek in SW Missouri - transforming a livestock operation into a living laboratory and outdoor education park for the local community while supporting the return of the endangered Neosho Mucket (Lampsilis rafinesqueana).
Working with core partners alongside US Fish and Wildlife Service, Missouri Department of Conservation, and local Missouri Stream Teams, to restore aquatic ecosystems & protect water quality in cooperation with local landowners, teachers, businesses, and other community leaders in the Shoal Creek Watershed of Southwest Missouri.
We work with Midwest Waters Initiative, a recently-formed nonprofit that fosters dialog among key constituencies to frame & implement sustainable watershed-based conservation strategies, with a focus on reducing non-point water pollution.
Riverlaw is leading a project with Stream Teams United and Missouri Stream Team 1150 (Shoal Creek) to design and implement a water quality education and training program for high school students and their friends and family near Neosho, Missouri.
We are supporting the development of a new website that will highlight the historical loss of wetlands in the United States and promote conservation and restoration through public and private initiatives
Aquatic Resource Restoration: Hickory/Shoal Creek Confluence
Riverlaw is working with Land Learning Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, Midwest Waters, Missouri State University's Biology Department, Missouri Stream Teams, and the Harry S. Truman Resource Council on a long-term effort to restore and protect a former livestock operation on a 35 acre site at the confluence of Hickory Creek and Shoal Creek in Southwest Missouri. For more information, read or download the file below.
Adjacent to Ozark National Scenic Riverway, recognized by Congress in 1964 as the country's first protected wild and scenic river - comprising over 80,000 acres along 134 miles of free-flowing spring-fed waterways in the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers.
"Like someone dropped a piece of Costa Rica into Missouri."
Wetlands sequester carbon in plant material, especially deep root systems.
Research shows that healthy wetlands retain more carbon per acre than tropical rainforests. This project is designed to raise the profile of freshwater wetlands as carbon sinks and therefore a critical part of climate policy.