On an ongoing basis, the Robert J. Trulaske Foundation contributes funding to a conservation fund supporting land acquisitions in the lower Meramec River. One example is the purchase of a 15-acre forested woodland property in the City of Sunset Hills in partnership with the Open Space Council.
Land acquisitions which protect biodiversity and limit development are a deterrent to pollution and sediment deposits in the Meramec Watershed. One reason that the Foundation has chosen to focus on the the lower Meramec River is because the River serves the St. Louis area as a major source of drinking water.
Land acquisitions made through the Open Space Council's Conservation fund have led to the establishment and expansion of parkland and conservation areas for the benefit of the Public. For example, the Sunset Hills acquisition, Forest River Trail, expanded parkland by 25% in Sunset Hills. Photographs below feature Forest River Trail.
The conversation of privately owned natural areas to parkland is recommended for areas experiencing increased flooding. After acquisitions are made, community partners oversee trash removal activities, infrastructure improvements and conservation stewardship plans in order to enhance ecology and prepare for visitors.