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The late Pat Jones, wife of Ted Jones, the son of our firm's founder and our managing partner from 1968-1980, turned their family farm into a nature sanctuary by donating it to the state of Missouri in 1997. Since then conservationists have planted some 200 types of grasses and wildflowers on the 711-acre Prairie Fork Conservation Area. Another project: regularly welcoming schoolchildren, who receive an ecology lesson and marvel at northern crayfish frogs and upland sandpipers.
This video tells the story of the couple's decision to "adopt" a state. This adoption has meant the creation of two state parks and two conservation areas, as well as millions of dollars donated to education and causes such as clean water.
Pat explained their fervor and dedication to beautifying Missouri simply: "People need a place where they can be, where they're not fenced in; you can take a walk, you can run, you can jump, you can get dirty, and you can investigate whatever it is you're interested in."