Help tend the rare prairie at the Sand Coulee SNA [FULL]

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 22, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
Registrants will receive detailed directions to worksite
Volunteer tending the rare prairie at the Sand Coulee SNA

With its tall grass and wildflowers, the Sand Coulee offers a different kind of rare beauty. With less than 1 percent of Minnesota native prairie remaining, this highly protected preserve is no less than an oasis in a desert of wildlife habitat –— a number of rare plant and animal species call the Coulee home. And with its deep prairie root systems, the Coulee also help filter pollutants from runoff water before it can enter the nearby Vermillion and Mississippi Rivers. 

On this summer evening, volunteers will work with FMR restoration staff and ecologists to identify and help halt the spread of cow vetch, spotted knapweed, and other encroaching plants deemed by the Department of Natural Resources as a threat to the health of this important area. Together, volunteers and staff will remove the weedy invasives, helping to protect the prairie's threatened native plant species and improve wildlife habitat.

This event is part of the Vermillion Stewards program, which engages citizens in the care of the Vermillion River and its watershed and the special places within it. 

As always, training, gloves, and any necessary tools will be provided. All are welcome but space is limited. Register today!

Ready to Register?

To sign up and receive directions to the meeting spot, contact FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore via the contact form (please select Amy by name from the staff list under "Category") or at akilgore@fmr.org, 651-222-2193 x31. Please include the name of the event, your name, address and phone number and the number in your party.

You will receive a confirmation email from akilgore@fmr.org within two business days. (If you don't, please check your SPAM folder.) Amy is typically in the office M-Th each week. Registration closes end of day Wednesday, June 21st.

Can't Make It?

To receive notices of future Vermillion Stewards area events, contact FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore at akilgore@fmr.org. Or, to receive a twice-a-month e-newsletter including all FMR activities and news, sign up for Mississippi Messages.

Partners: 
The Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization, The Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, Winter Wheat, Pentair, United Way of Hastings