Cut & haul buckthorn at Grey Cloud Dunes SNA [FULL]

Event Date: 
Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Grey Cloud Dunes SNA
Volunteer with lopper and buckthorn in hand

Grey Cloud Dunes SNA is one of those places you can hardly believe is in a metro area. Located in Cottage Grove, this highly protected Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) features two sandy terraces along the river. The first rises 40 to 60 feet above river-level with remarkable crescents and blowouts sculpted by southwesterly winds. The second, 110 feet above the Mississippi, has a dramatic cut-face. Dunes on both terraces rise in waves, cresting 10 to 20 feet above the swales.

Join FMR staff in the southern portion of the SNA Saturday, November 5, 9-11 a.m. After a brief orientation, volunteers will help cut and haul invasive buckthorn from the worksite to make way for native habitat.

Due to tool usage, including loppers and saws, this event is not suitable for youth. As this a special type of park is meant to protect rare, fragile plant and animal habitat, Grey Cloud SNA does not feature such amenities as trails or restrooms.

Capacity is limited, in part to tread lightly on this special place but also to make sure everyone has a chance to ask questions about the site's ecology and the many native plants.

This event is full-sorry!

If you have any questions please contact FMR Outreach Assistant Linda Moua at or 651-222-2193 x17

Thanks to partner MInnesota Department of Natural Resources Scientific and Natural Areas program. Funding also provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund and 3M Foundation.