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Volunteers will learn about one of the most beautiful areas in the Upper
Mississippi River Basin, Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific and Natural Area,
and assist with critical habitat restoration work in this hidden gem. The Pine Bend Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) is known for some of the best views of the Upper Mississippi River, and is an award-winning restoration project!
Restoration Ecologist Karen Schik will train volunteers to identify and remove invasive species like spotted knapweed, hoary alyssum and cheat grass, in an effort to improve the ecological health of the natural communities that are found there. Removing these weedy species will help to enhance the area's ecological integrity and protect the prairie's threatened native plant species.
As always, training, gloves, tools and guidance will be provided. Volunteers should be aware that an SNA is not your average park. There are no paved trails, pavilions or other facilities in this beautiful, important area.