Proposed development on the Katy Trail and Missouri River

There is a zoning hearing on December 20 in St. Charles. (Zoning hearing details here.)

The Katy Land Trust and Magnificent Missouri will be represented at this meeting, but it is important that others in the community express their opposition by attending the meeting and voicing their concerns. Please let us know if you can attend – and if you have friends in St. Charles who might be able to attend, please pass this information to them.

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The land that stretches west along the Missouri River past Highway 40 remains largely rural and undeveloped. Driving Highway 94 or riding the Katy Trail in that area feels much like a drive or ride deep in the Ozarks, not 5 minutes from suburban St. Charles. This area provides hiking, biking and sightseeing that are among the best in Missouri. It has retained that feel for decades because of the land protection provided by creation of the Busch and Weldon Spring Conservation Areas in the late 1940s.

The Bluffs PUD Concept Plan shows information about a large housing development proposed on property in this area that is currently owned by the University of Missouri. This land is on the Katy Trail and close to the Busch and Weldon Spring Conservation Areas just west of Chesterfield.

On behalf of the Katy Land Trust and Magnificent Missouri we are contacting those who love the Katy Trail, Missouri River and the Missouri countryside. We believe that the scale and the location of the project are cause for questions regarding the impact on the river bluffs from the perspective of plant and wildlife habitat, aesthetics and traffic.

Tell us if you can attend!

Please let us know if you can attend by:

If you can’t attend the zoning hearing but you’d like to comment on this issue please email the St. Charles County Planning and Zoning Department at ctypnz@sccmo.org with questions or concerns.

Byan Haynes Gallery Opening

Bryan Haynes Gallery

Bryan Haynes Gallery

For all of you who visited the Peers Store in 2017, you know that the Katy Land Trust works closely with one of Missouri’s great artists, Bryan Haynes of Washington, Missouri. This season, he exhibited the artwork he created to illustrate our book, Growing Up with the River: Nine Generations Along the Missouri. We have always said that Bryan paints the Missouri countryside we want people to appreciate and conserve.

Fortunately for all of us, Bryan is opening his new studio and gallery in historic downtown Washington.  We are so excited that Bryan is bringing his creativity to a beautiful new space within walking distance of the river!

Grand Opening!

The Bryan Haynes Gallery is having its Grand Opening on the weekend of November 18-19, 2017.

The new gallery is located at 10 West Second Street in Washington and is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 pm or by appointment. Email Bryan at artbybry@aol.com or call 636-544-1016 for more information.

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Fall events at Peers Store

In Missouri’s most beautiful time of the year, put these fun fall events on your October calendar:

Sunday, October 22
Peers to Treloar Tram Rides
On the Katy Trail
Noon to 4pm
Celebrate the Second Annual Peers to Treloar Party along the Katy Trail! Featuring music, tram rides, a bald eagle from the World Bird Sanctuary, Warren County Old Threshers, and grilled brats from the Marthasville Volunteer Fire Department.

Sunday, October 29
Meet Billyo O’Donnell
At the Peers Store
Noon to 4pm
Native of Warren County and one of America’s greatest painters, Billyo O’Donnell will be at the Peers Store. Join him for music on the porch, free ice cream as long as it lasts, and 20% off all gifts and merchandise.

Sunday, October 29
The Haunted Honeysuckle Hike
On the Katy Trail meeting at the Treloar Trailhead
1-4pm
Come dressed as Zombies and clear away invasive honeysuckle along the Katy Trail. Organized with Katy Trail State Park, this will be good exercise, rowdy yet safe fun, and maybe a little hard work! Free lunch at Treloar Bar & Grill for the first 15 to sign up! Sign up for the hike on EventBrite.

Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Total Solar Eclipse: An Unforgettable Experience

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Where: Peers Store
Date: August 21st
Time: 11am to 2pm

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Bluegill Buddies

Join us for one of nature’s most incredible displays and plunge into twilight at midday.  The Bluegill Buddies will be playing old-time string band music live on the porch, leading us through the total solar eclipse that is set to occur in our area around 1:15pm.

The total solar eclipse will be visible only inside the “path of totality,” where the shadow of the moon will be about 70 miles wide, and will travel all the way across the US. Fortunately for us, the Peers Store falls right within that path! Totality (the period when the sun is completely obscured) will last for, at most, 2 minutes and 40 seconds.

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The “path of totality” for the state of Missouri

According to Space.com you can expect to witness the following during that time:

  • day will turn into night
  • the otherwise hidden solar corona (the sun’s outer atmosphere) will become visible / twisting streamers of light emanating from the edges of the obscured sun become visible
  • the loss of sunlight can cause the temperature to drop 10 or more degrees
  • shadows will look sharper on the ground, so it’s possible to see individual hairs on your head in your shadow
  • bright stars and planets will become visible, and you might catch a glimpse of the planet Mercury, which is difficult to see on a normal day because of how close it orbits to the sun.

REMEMBER: Looking directly at the sun, even when it is partially covered by the moon, can cause serious eye damage or blindness. NEVER look at a partial solar eclipse without proper eye protection. Click here to see a variety of eclipse glasses you can purchase for the event.

First Lady Georganne Nixon on “Growing Up with the River”

First Lady Georganne Nixon comments on
“Growing Up with the River: Nine Generations on the Missouri”

The Burkhardts know that Jay and I love the Missouri River.  The Governor’s mansion overlooks the Big Muddy, we canoe and kayak on the river, and we explore all along the Katy Trail and the river valley.  We ride our bikes to visit the giant bur oak near the Katy Trail in McBaine, so Dan and Connie sent us a copy of Growing Up with the River.   It is a treasure!  The stories make the history so alive and accessible.  I know that the book will inspire the children of Missouri and their families to get outside and experience more of our beautiful state!

Georganne Nixon
First Lady, State of Missouri

Philip Slein Gallery

Book Signing for “Growing Up with the River” at the Philip Slein Gallery 11/3/16

Philip Slein is an artist, a collector, and a gallery owner in the Central West End. He has been an admirer of the Missouri River, its valleys, and bluffs for decades and Dan asked him to contribute some comments for the cover of “Growing Up with the River”.

Philip Slein commented,

My introduction to the incredible beauty of the Missouri River valley was as a student at the university of Missouri where I met landscape painter Frank Stack. I bought one of his sun-fills soil paintings of the river and that began my years painting in this majestic valley. I credit this introduction with my life-long appreciation of our namesake river.

Just after the book was published, Phil hosted a reception and book signing at the Philip Slein Gallery which included all of Bryan Haynes’s original paintings as well as some sketches.

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Presentation and Book Signing at the St. Louis County Library

Presentation and Book Signing for “Growing Up with the River” at the St. Louis County Library 10/19/16

On October 19, a stormy night didn’t deter 70+ friends of St. Louis County Library from participating in a presentation and book signing by Dan, Connie, and Bryan.

Bonus:  A raffle for a bur oak tree — one of the main characters in “Growing Up with the River” — made the winner very happy (thanks to a generous donation from Forest ReLeaf)!

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