50 Years of the Open Space Council

Looking back on our rich history in the St. Louis region

50 Years of the Open Space Council

The Open Space Council is completing our 50th year of land and water conservation in the St. Louis area. To celebrate, we’ve compiled a collection of photos from over the years. We hope you will enjoy this trip down memory lane. Of course, there is always more work to be done. Please join us for this summer’s Operation Clean Stream and fall Operation Wild Lands events. We’re also excited for another float trip on the beautiful Courtois, Huzzah, and Meramec Rivers for Paddle for a Cause 2016 on June 5, 2016. All proceeds support Operation Clean Stream. Thank you to all of our friends and volunteers who ensure that we will continue to protect area land and water for another 50 years and beyond!

To learn more about the history of the Open Space Council, check out this article from the Webster-Kirkwood Times or a comprehensive history by past OSC president, Robert Rubright.

Old cars piled up along the Meramec River

Old cars piled up along the Meramec River

002 old

Trash hauling

004 1967 pt1

Article from the St. Louis Globe Democrat, 1967

005 1967 pt2

Article from the St. Louis Globe Democrat, 1967 (continued)

006 1980

Floating on the Meramec River

007 1983

Meramec River Float, 1983

Bee Tree Park, purchased by St. Louis County in 1986 with funds from the Open Space Council

Bee Tree Park, purchased by St. Louis County in 1986 with funds from the Open Space Council

008

Promoting Operation Clean Stream

009 OCS

010 OCS

011 OCS 1996

Tires removed during Operation Clean Stream, 1996

 

012 September 2003

The Missourian, 2003

 

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Operation Clean Stream, 2005

014 December 2006

ASLA Civic Stewardship Award, 2006

015

016 May 2007

017 2007 LPU + kiefer creek walk

Kiefer Creek clean up, 2007

018 Summer 2007

Mound Builder Award, 2007

019 Summer 2007 (2)

Operation Wild Lands, 2007

020 September 2008

Webster-Kirkwood Times, 2008

 

022 September 2008 (2)

Missouri Conservationist, 2008

023 September 2008 (3)

South County Times, 2008

 

024 OCS 2010

Operation Clean Stream, 2010

 

Operation Clean Stream, 2010

Operation Clean Stream, 2010

025 September 2011

Eureka-Pacific Current News, 2011

 

026 2012

Save Our County Parks, 2012

027 September 2013

Operation Wild Lands, 2013

028 September 2013 (2)

Missouri Wildlife, 2013

The new Nancy Eschbach Forest River Trail Park in Sunset Hills, purchased by St. Louis County in 2014 with help from funds provided by the Open Space Council

The new Nancy Eschbach Forest River Trail Park in Sunset Hills, purchased by St. Louis County in 2014 with help from funds provided by the Open Space Council

 

029 April 2015 Boeing Queey OSC GAHM Tree Planting 4.25.2015 053

Operation Wild Lands at Queeny Park, 2015

031 May 2015

Open Space Council 50th Anniversary Celebration, 2015

033 May 2015

Open Space Council 50th Anniversary Celebration, 2015

032 June 2015

Paddle for a Cause, 2015

030 June 2015

Paddle for a Cause, 2015