The L-A-D Foundation owns the Piney River Narrows west of Houston.

Two persons — including a Texas County resident — were elected Oct. 1 to the board of the L-A-D Foundation at the foundation offices in downtown St. Louis.   

Rebecca Landewe, The Nature Conservancy Current River Project manager, and Janet Fraley, Houston, retired Lands and Special Uses Manager, Mark Twain National Forest, were elected.

The L-A-D Foundation is a Missouri private operating foundation dedicated to exemplary stewardship of Pioneer Forest and other natural and culture areas and to scientific research, education, public recreation and encouragement for projects and policies that have a positive influence on the Missouri Ozark region and beyond.   

The L-A-D Foundation owns 147,343 acres of land in Missouri, including the Pioneer Forest in Shannon and Reynolds county and 14 other special areas across the state making it the largest private landowner in Missouri. 

Leo A. Drey began acquisition of the Pioneer Forest in 1954 and developed it using uneven-aged forest harvest management now recognized as a model for ecosystem management that emphasizes maintaining the continuity of the forest and the scenic, wildlife and recreational values appreciated by the public. The donation of the Pioneer Forest  by Leo A. Drey to the L-A-D Foundation in 2004 was the largest single philanthropic gift in the history of Missouri. 

L-A-D Foundation special areas open to the public in near Houston are Dripping Springs, Horseshoe Bend and the Piney River Narrows.  These areas are leased to the Missouri Department of Conservation.

To learn more about the L-A-D Foundation visit the website at  


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