mssu biology pond

The trail behind Missouri Southern State University’s pond is being cleared by students and faculty. Globe | Roger Nomer

Nearly everyone on the Missouri Southern State University campus knows of the biology pond.

But for a special few, like junior Jeremiah Cline, the area is rife with possibilities. The biology major is working with professor David Penning to clear out invasive species and to better control native species to restore a trail leading from the pond toward Turkey Creek.

“We’re just trying to take back what was there initially," Cline told us. "Restoration just means, in a roundabout way, try to get it back to the way we think it would be before, when it was more natural."

Learn more about this project in a story from reporter John Hacker and pictures from photographer Roger Nomer. Check out and Friday's print edition.

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Emily Younker is the managing editor at the Joplin Globe. Contact: eyounker AT joplinglobe DOT com.