Introducing the FMR Conservation Map!
Click on a star to see the information on the left.
From the amazing oak savanna in Minneapolis to the recently-protected massive Hampton Woods in Dakota County, perhaps you've visited, read about or volunteered at an FMR conservation and restoration site.
But while many people are familiar with the fact that we work to protect and restore important natural areas and habitat, even the longest-standing FMR members and volunteers wonder where, exactly, we work.
Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way for folks to see all of FMR’s active restoration sites in one place? Maybe some kind of…map?
At long last, we're excited to present the FMR Conservation Map.
From Elk River to Hastings
Housed on the Land Conservation page, this google map shows FMR’s 37 active restoration sites displayed by primary habitat (prairie, forest or oak savanna) or project-type (raingardens or turtle nest protection).
Right now, clicking on a pinpoint brings up additional information such as acreage, ownership and funders.
Soon, we hope to add links to new website pages for each, providing info on the site’s history, how we came to be involved, the restoration process, and why the site is special. (We'll be sure to announce this enhancement in a future Mississippi Messages e-newsletter.)
But for the moment, we hope this map provides a glimpse of the breadth and scope of our work, spanning from Elk River to Hastings.
We also hope it encourages some spring trips to these natural areas — many of which would not be protected without the support of FMR members, partners and volunteers like many of you.
Help restore river habitat
If there's a particular site you’d like to help restore — by planting trees or prairie plants, removing invasives, or collecting native seed — let us know! Volunteer events are held at most of our restoration sites, and FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore at firstname.lastname@example.org is always happy to email people interested in events and outings at specific locations.
If you visit these sites on your own and snap any great pictures, please send them our way – we may be able to add them to the map or future web pages about each location! Email photos to yours truly, Alex Roth, at email@example.com.