Collaborating with Landowners to Save Missouri’s Threatened Grassland
Spending time outdoors as a kid was easy for Korey Wolfe—in fact, it was a necessity. Growing up on a farm, Korey helped to work the land that supported his family. There, he learned that conservation management practices are an integral and economically-beneficial part of farming decisions.
Now, as Audubon Missouri’s Director of Grassland Restoration, Korey works with landowners, city officials, and volunteers to re-establish the state’s important grassland ecosystem. With less than one tenth of one percent of Missouri’s tall grass prairie remaining, this is one of the most threatened habitats on earth.
With his TogetherGreen Fellowship, Korey restored a one mile stretch of abandoned railroad by removing invasive species. In addition, he removed 30 acres of invasive Fescue, greatly improving the health of a local habitat. By connecting with landowners and providing them with the tools and information necessary to make changes to their farming practices, Korey believes that together, they can make their operations both more beneficial to grasslands and wildlife and more economically efficient.
From growing up on a working farm and helping operate one as an adult now, Korey knows firsthand the importance of combining conservation management practices with the bottom line.