Forest Park renovation aims to improve forest areas - KMOV.com

Forest Park renovation aims to improve forest areas

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Workers clear downed trees in Forest Park (KMOV) Workers clear downed trees in Forest Park (KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- There's a fair amount of activity going on in Forest Park right now; a lot of it is taking place off the beaten path and it's meant to keep the park a place we all love to visit.

Crews are in the midst of improving and restoring the forest areas.

“A lot of people when they hear the word forest, they just think of trees, however, we are really trying to strive to build a natural community, not just where trees exist,” said Amy Witt, a park ecologist. She oversees 170 acres throughout the park.

"In order for us to create forests that are sustainable, that really looks good down hundreds of years, we need to allow sunlight to reach the ground, which allows tiny seedlings to grow," Witt said, who added they take the work seriously, consulting with both the Missouri Department of Conservation and the city of St. Louis Forestry Division.

Everyone's goal is to keep Forest Park the gem of St. Louis forever.

News 4 is teaming up with Forest Park Forever to help keep the park maintained and welcoming for visitors. We'll be holding an all-day telethon on December 13th at the News 4 studios.

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