Richardson named Conservation Educator of the Year

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Local recognized for efforts to preserve Monarch butterflies

Karen Richardson of Monett, a member of Missouri Master Naturalist Chert Glades Chapter, has been named Conservation Educator of the Year for 2016 by the Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM) for her dedicated service and significant contribution to the wise use of natural resources.

Each year, the Conservation Federation recognizes outstanding achievement in conservation activity.

Richardson was tapped for the honor for her passion about native plants and monarch butterflies, which she has raised for several years. She helped create a number of pollinator gardens and Monarch Waystations in the area and has worked with electric utilities and road departments to safeguard patches of milkweed.

Richaredson has worked and taught at events sponsored by Missouri Native Plant Society, Missouri Prairie Foundation and the Department of Natural Resources. Locally she has presented monarch programs at Wildcat Glades, and the Neosho National Fish Hatchery in addition to schools and libraries in and around Monett.

This award was presented at the 81st annual CFM Awards Ceremony in Jefferson City on March 10.