Celebrating the "Greenest" Day of the Year

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Volume 37-056 For Immediate Release: March 11, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO.  - You don't have to be Irish to enjoy St. Patrick's Day, which is traditionally the "greenest" day of the year.  The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has a few tips to make this March 17 even greener.

Missourians planning to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a party can leave a green stamp on their event by purchasing reusable decorations, rather than ones that are designed to be thrown away at the end of the day. If planning a traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage and a steaming bowl of potatoes, be sure to compost the leftover cabbage and potato peels and to purchase locally grown and packaged beef when possible.  For a truly green St. Patrick's Day gift, give friends and family a potted shamrock. They make a wonderful indoor houseplant and are believed to bring good luck.  For more information about composting and green tips visit the Department's Solid Waste Management Program website at www.dnr.mo.gov/env/swmp.

If you prefer to celebrate St. Patrick's Day at one of the many parades or events held throughout Missouri, consider walking, bicycling, taking a bus or picking up friends along the way to carpool.  Carpooling and using mass transit are great ways to go green by reducing energy use and saving green in your wallet. For more ways to put extra green in your wallet, visit the Department of Natural Resources' Energy Center website at www.dnr.mo.gov/energy/.

Legend has it that St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland, but have these slithery critters gotten a bad rap? Stop by one of Missouri's many award-winning state parks to learn about Missouri's snakes and the important role they play in our ecosystem. For more information, visit www.mostateparks.com. And for those who aren't able to travel to the Emerald Isle to visit the legendary Blarney Stone, Missouri offers plenty of interesting rocks and geologic formations as well. Tower Rock, located just outside of Wittenberg in Perry County, is an erosional remnant from shifts of the Mississippi River channel, and like the Blarney Stone, it is composed of limestone. In fact, though Missouri limestone may not give the gift of gab, it contributes more than $1 billion to Missouri's economy. More information on Missouri geology can be found in the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' book, Geologic Wonders and Curiosities of Missouri, which can be purchased online at www.dnr.mo.gov/geology/bestsellers.htm.