Nine Network’s Heartland Explores Missouri’s River Country

Special Focuses on Importance of Conserving Awe-Inspiring Landscapes and Valuable Resources

St. Louis, MO—November 20, 2013—The landscape of Missouri is characterized by lush fields, rolling hills, meandering rivers, sun-dappled forests, pristine springs and majestic vistas. Our vineyards are known the world over and our local food culture is robust. The Nine Network explores the beauty and the bounty of our state in an hour-long special, Heartland, airing Sunday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Shot during the height of Missouri’s fall colors, Heartland, produced by Patrick Murphy, captures beautiful landscapes as they make the annual transition from summer to autumn. Included in the tour are the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles County, the Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, scenes along the 240-mile Katy Trail, picturesque Hermann in Gasconade County, Edward “Ted” and Pat Jones-Confluence Point State Park in West Alton, views from historic Route 94, wine country, and Audubon Center at Riverlands in West Alton.

In addition to showing spectacular views, Heartland examines conservation efforts aimed at protecting and maintaining the state’s farms, forests and waterways. Among those interviewed are Chuck Dressel, owner of Mount Pleasant Estates winery in Augusta; Patricia Hagen, vice president/executive director of Audubon Missouri; Peter Wyse Jackson, president of the Missouri Botanical Garden; Peter Raven, president emeritus, Missouri Botanical Garden; artist Billyo O’Donnell; and James Trager, restoration biologist at Shaw Nature Reserve-Missouri Botanical Garden.

In the Nine Network studio for the broadcast of the special will be Peter Raven; Todd Sampsell, Missouri state director of The Nature Conservancy; and John McPheeters, co-founder of Magnificent Missouri.

Heartland was inspired by the book Missouri River Country by Dan Burkhardt, founder of the Katy Land Trust and co-founder of the Magnificent Missouri conservation fundraising organization.

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