EAGLEVILLE, Mo. — There will be a public meeting at 7:30 p.m. today at City Hall in Eagleville to discuss the Nature Conservancy of Missouri purchase of the Dunn Ranch.
The ranch, which is between Eagleville and Hatfield, includes about 1,200 acres of prairie that never has been plowed and is one of the more significant tallgrass prairie areas in the country.
The ranch is known for its large population of prairie chickens.
The purchase recently was completed after a $2.3 million fund-raising effort.
In recognition of Earth Day, the Missouri Department of Corrections is inviting residents to drop off used tires at the nearest participating correctional institution from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.
No more than four light truck, passenger car or farm tractor tires per family will be accepted.
Institutions participating in the area are the Chillicothe Correctional Center, the Western Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in St. Joseph and the Western Missouri Correctional Center in Cameron.
For more information, call John Fougere at (573) 522-1118.
The annual YWCA gardeners festival will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Terrace Room at the YWCA, 304 N. Eighth St.
Annual and perennial plants will be available for purchase. Proceeds will support the YWCA Mom’s Time program.
The Northwest Missouri Genealogical Society will celebrate its 20th anniversary tonight at 412 Felix St.
The festivities start at 6:30 p.m., when the public can survey the reading rooms and library.
Founded in 1979 with 32 members, the society has grown to a group of more than 750 members from across the United States.
Volunteers publish a society newsletter, maintain a Web site, and manage its historical collections with admission fees and member dues.
The historical collections have grown to include more than 500,000 government records from Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Clinton, DeKalb, Holt, Nodaway and Worth counties in Northwest Missouri, as well as Doniphan County in Kansas.
The genealogical research library encompasses more than 7,000 volumes of family histories and other genealogical information.