We received a great number of correct responses to September's "Whose view," taken from Orvin "Ole" Olson Park in north Minneapolis.
A little over a year ago, this photo would have been framed by turf grass and such undesirable tree species as invasive Siberian Elm. Thanks to funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resource Trust Fund, this once degraded site is being restored to native prairie and savanna by FMR ecologists and Above the Falls River Stewards volunteers. The addition of native plants and wildflowers provides much-needed habitat for birds, insects and other pollinators, but adds to the natural beauty of the park.
Today this site is at the northern terminus of Minneapolis' West River Road, but the city has plans to extend the trails and eventually the parkway north along the Mississippi River.
If you live in North or Northeast Minneapolis and would like to receive notices of upcoming local opportunities to restore habitat or weigh in on new local riverfront plans, let us know! Contact Linda Moua at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for the Above the Falls River Stewards.
About “Whose view? From where?”
Each month in this section, we feature a photo somewhere along the river corridor in the Twin Cities that is in some way significant or important or just plain scenic. Individuals may then email us and identify the view and explain why they believe it is significant to the community or important to them personally. We'll publish some of your responses in the next issue of Mississippi Messages, where we will also reveal the correct answer.