Alex Rittel of Troop 161 led a team in restoring a glade at the state forest.

Eagle Scout candidate Alex Rittel has always had a love of outdoors, nature and wildlife. He recently completed his Eagle Scout project at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, where he is a volunteer naturalist for the Missouri Department of Conservation. Alex was one of a handful of youths in the state to be accepted into the program in early 2008.
Along with volunteering his time at the Nature Center, he wanted to give the visitors at the center a place to enjoy and for wildlife to flourish. Alex led a group of 10 fellow Scouts and adults from Troop 161 of  East Alton Community of Christ , in a glade restoration project.
Glades are the fastest disappearing grassland habitat in Missouri. In order to restore the glade to it’s natural state, it was cleared of cedar trees, brush and other invasive species. Once restored back to an open area, it will have an abundance of native plants, insects and animals for all to admire.
Alex is a freshman at Truman High School and wishes to pursue a degree in wildlife biology and conservation.