EarthWorms Podcast interview about the proposed subdivision

Curious to learn more about the proposed development on the Katy Trail? Earlier this week, Jean Ponzi, host of EarthWorms on KDHX, interviewed Dan Burkhardt, founder of the Katy Land Trust, about the proposed subdivision on the Missouri River bluffs near Busch Conservation Area.  Click here to listen.

Thank you to KDHX Earthworms – environmental interviews from KDHX St. Louis Independent Media – and host Jean Ponzi.

Flyer opposing re-zoning for proposed development

We know that if enough people learn about this proposal – and take action – the re-zoning request that is being requested will be denied.


Click here to download, print, and circulate this flyer to your friends and neighbors! And mark your calendar for February 21 to make your voice heard at the St. Charles County Planning and Zoning meeting.


February 21. 7pm
Executive Office Building
100 North Third Street
St. Charles, MO

Proposed development on the Katy Trail and Missouri River

UPDATE: There was a zoning hearing on December 20 in St. Charles. At the January 17 hearing, the committee postponed the re-zoning vote until the meeting on February 21, 2018.

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 clicking “Interested” or “Going” in our Facebook event.

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 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 or call 636-544-1016 for more information.

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Highlights from Peers-to-Treloar!

Feedback on the Fun: Peers-to-Treloar Highlights

Here is a wonderful article written by Cindy Gladden for the Warren County Record containing some highlights of the Peers-to-Treloar party.

We hope you were able to enjoy this time with us, but, if not, we have plenty of fun in store for you in the future. We can’t wait to do this again! Now, sit back and enjoy some pictures from the Peers-to-Treloar party.

It was a gorgeous fall day.


Amazing music filled the air, and many adventures were had!



“Where the Rivers Run”


Just as the Missouri and Mississippi rivers have shaped our history,
they inspire our future.

“Where the Rivers Run” is a one-hour Nine Network special, produced by Patrick Murphy, that tells the story of the Missouri rivers, taking us to our region’s forests, bluffs, prairies and waters through compelling imagery. We are also introduced to some of the artists, chefs, farmers, vintners, scientists, environmentalists and naturalists who explore and celebrate Missouri River Country. The heart of the story lies in the influence of the landscape on those who nurture it and are inspired by it.

“Where the Rivers Run” expands on Patrick Murphy’s 1999 special “The Katy: Stories from the Trail” in which he biked what was then a 200-mile trail along the former Missouri-Kansas-Texas railroad track. Now 240 miles long, the Katy Trail angles across Missouri from Machens to Clinton and remains an essential feature of the story of Missouri’s rivers. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Katy Trail.

The Katy Trail, Confluence Point State Park and many Missouri conservation causes have benefited from the vision and generosity of Pat and Ted Jones.

Watch it now!

View the full documentary by clicking here and celebrate Missouri’s inspirational landscape, the Katy Trail, and the generosity and vision of Ted and Pat Jones.

The Washington Missourian weighed in on this beautiful documentary – see what they wrote about it here!

Sponsors of “Where the Rivers Run”
Sponsors of Where the Rivers Run

Week-long state paddle event sponsored by KLT, Magnificent Missouri and the Missouri Stream Team Watershed Coalition

Rob Hunt, of the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks, earned a scholarship from the Katy Land Trust and Magnificent Missouri to participate in Paddle Georgia.

The Missouri Stream Team Watershed Coalition is organizing a large, multi-day paddle event for Missouri rivers. The first step was seeing how experts do it at Paddle Georgia, a project of powerhouse nonprofit The Georgia River Network. The Katy Land Trust and Magnificent Missouri sponsored a registration scholarship that went to Rob Hunt, of the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks. He joined MSTWC director Holly Neill at Paddle Georgia and will be integral to bringing the concept home to Missouri.

You can see photos from their seven-day river trip here, and be sure to follow MSTWC on Facebook and Twitter for updates about the event, or sign up for their newsletter here.

This year's Paddle Georgia event was on the Ogechee River.