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Dec. 13 Big Muddy Speaker Series in Rocheport

"Whither Missouri? Aldo Leopold's Challenge"

presentation by author and historian Dr. Susan Flader, University of Missouri

For the last Big Muddy presentation of 2011, we will be moving beyond the floodplain of the Missouri River. Local environmental historian Dr. Susan Flader has spent a lifetime researching and writing about the "Land Ethic" of Aldo Leopold. She will join us to share her thoughts on extending the vision of Aldo Leopold into the land and water conservation issues we face today.

7:00 p.m. - Tues. Dec. 13, 2011
lower floor of the
Les Bourgeois Vineyards Bistro
in Rocheport, MO

(directions below)

Presentation is FREE and open to the public! Click here for flier (pdf)
Come early to purchase a great dinner upstairs at the Bistro!

In 1938, conservationist Aldo Leopold gave a speech in Ashland, MO, at the dedication of the Ashland Wildlife Area (click here to read speech). He outlined what challenges and strengths Missouri had for expanding land conservation in the state, emphasizing that private landowner conservation ethic was the crucial cornerstone in a state like Missouri.Susan Flader

Dr. Flader will revisit Leopold's vision and use it to discuss our current relationship with Missouri's resources. By extending Leopold's ideas on land stewardship to our water resources, she talks about how citizen initiative and private land and stream stewardship remain the keystone for conservation in Missouri.


  • Take I-70 to the Rocheport, MO, exit (Exit #115). It's the first exit east of the Missouri River.
  • Head north toward Rocheport.
  • After about a mile, turn left at the sign for Les Bourgeois Bistro. Follow the signs to the Bistro. You will probably need to park in the lot above the Bistro and walk the trail down.
  • The presentations are held in the lower level. You can either enter at the restaurant entrance then go down the stairs to your left past the bar, or you can follow the walk to the right of the restaurant and enter through a glass door into the lower level.
  • 14020 W. Hwy BB, Rocheport, MO (click for Google Map)

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