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In 2004, DJM Staff coordinated with the St. Louis City Parks Department and numerous volunteers to restore the wetlands, savanna, and aquatic plants along the river and in the Deer Lake Savanna.

See the following links to view the media coverage of the first precribed burn in Forest Park, December, 2011. DJM Staff with Forest Park Forever utilized prescribed fire as a management tool to control several exotic invasive species and undesirable tree seedlings in the maturing Deer Lake Savanna reconstruction.

Stl Today - Prescribed Burn

CBS - Prescribed Burn

KSDK - Prescribed Burn

KMOV - Prescribed Burn

Fox 2 Now - Prescribed Burn




Alberici Corperate Headquarters St. Louis, MO

At the Alberici Corporate Headquarters, Native plants have been utilized across their campus and formal landscaping to eliminate the need for irrigation. Constructed wetlands serve to catch water falling on site allowing no water runoff. At this site, 97 percent of the rubble generated during the reconstruction of the building and parking garage was recycled or remained on site and was incorporated into the soil. This created a challenge to create a seed mix that could adapt to this, "Recycled urban rubble soil matrix." In addition to the habitat created for wildlife and employees to enjoy while at work, maintenance has been greatly reduced.

Although slow to start, the prairie shows that careful species selection can result in a lush and attractive corporate landscape. Many workshops and events occur at this site and are a great opportunity to learn about many aspects of the green industry. Workshops can be found at:

Shaw Nature Reserve


Alberici Corperation

New for 2009, a raingarden was designed to intercept 7200 gallons of water during a 1 inch rain event off the patio in the back of the building. Here, a micro - wetland habitat has been created in place of an erosion problem.


Stone Bridge Retirement Center, Maryland Heights, MO

In the spring of 2008, the detention basin at Stone Bridge Retirement center was seeded, and plugged utilizing a wide variety of wetland and emergent species including: Carex comosa, Carex frankii, Carex shortiana, Scirpus atrovirens, Spartina pectinata, Acorus calamus, Amsonia illustris, Lobelia cardinalis, Lobelia syphylitica, Physostegia virginiana and many others. As seen in the lower photos, the site was quickly occupied and the native vegetation has begun to serve as a very attractive biofilter in under 12 months.



Howell Prairie Reconstruction, Weldon Springs, MO

In the spring of 2002, site preparation begun for the seeding of a 150+ acre prairie surrounding the disposal cell at the former ordinance and uranium processing facility in Weldon Springs, MO. The prairie was constructed to provide habitat for birds, insects, and small animals while aiding in soil erosion control surrounding the cell. In the winter of 2003 and 2004, a diverse seed mix of native grasses and forbs was sown across the site.

Drilling WSSRP

Exotic species are being controlled and fire was reintroduced to the system beginning in winter 2008-2009. An extensive demonstration garden has been planted at the interpretive center that offers an opportunity for school groups and other interested parties a chance to view the prairie reconstruction process up close. For more information regarding this site visit:




Express Scripts Corporate Headquarters, St. Louis, MO

In the spring and summer of 2009, DJM Ecological Services and Baxter Farms worked together to install the native landscaping around the newly constructed corporate headquarters of Express Scripts located on the UMSL Campus. This landscape included a variety of xeric upland prairie species, as well as, hydric wetland species to create a mosaic of native vegetation to fully utilize and occupy the site. Even at initial completion (shown right), the character of the campus was clearly enjoyable.





Washington University Saint Louis, Snow Way Prairie Reconstruction, St. Louis, MO

In the Winter of 2009, DJM sowed a custom seed mix to stabilize the slopes along Snow Way and create a diverse prairie on the campus. Missouri native annuals and cover crops have begun to drill the pilot holes in the soil for the emerging prairie (Summer 2010, shown right).

2nd Season Snowy Way at Washington University

Shown here in its second growing season (2011), the snow way prairie reconstruction's diverse forbs are filling in well.

Snowy Way

Here in its first season, this planting is well on its way to becoming a gem on the campus.







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