The Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation will provide a $4,000 grant for construction of a picnic shelter house and a nature interpretive trail at a youth outdoor camp near Trenton.
A 23-acre property at Missouri 6 and Southwest 62nd Avenue is utilized by Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and other youth organizations for camping and outdoor activities. The property was purchased in 2005 by the non-profit Trust for the Benefit of Grundy County Scouts.
The Heritage Foundation grant will help pay for the shelter house and building a trail through woodlands and a meadow area. Donations and in-kind services provided by community members will also help complete the projects.
Scott Roy, a private lands conservationist for the Missouri Department of Conservation, is assisting with the Trust’s plans for natural habitat restoration, such as restoration of a pasture to native grasses and wildflowers. Roy also served as sponsor for the grant application.
The Foundation is a non-profit , charitable organization created in 1997 to advance the conservation and appreciation of Missouri’s forest, fish and wildlife resources by matching financial resources with the priorities of donors, the Foundation and MDC. The Foundation receives funding from individual donations, the Stream Stewardship Trust Fund, grants and the sales of Conservation Heritage license plates.