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Hike the Ava Glades – largest Dolomite Glades in North America!

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You can explore Ava Glades with Mike Leahy and the Missouri Prairie Foundation on Saturday, Sept. 24.These  glades is the largest dolomite formation in Missouri.

You can explore Ava Glades with Mike Leahy and the Missouri Prairie Foundation on Saturday, Sept. 24.These glades is the largest dolomite formation in Missouri.

Natural Community Ecologist Mike Leahy with the Missouri Department of Conservation will serve as guide as the Missouri Prairie Foundation explores the largest dolomite glades in North America within the Mark Twain National Forest south of Ava, Mo. (Douglas and Ozark Counties). The excursion will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.

This landscape of xeric prairie-like habitats supports both prairie flora and fauna and specialized glade plants and animals.

Hikers will explore more than 100 acres of glades (larger than many prairie remnants) along the Gladetop Trail National Scenic Byway, part of the proposed Ava Glades Missouri Natural Area. The event will involve moderately strenuous hiking over rocky terrain. To RSVP send a message to info@moprairie.org or call 888-843-6739.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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