Remove sumac at River Oaks Park

Event Date: 
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Mississippi River view from River Oaks Park

Just southeast of River Oaks Golf Course lies a riverfront bluff with stunning views of the Mississippi River and a special remnant bedrock bluff prairie. Unfortunately, this city park, River Oaks, is also home to a good deal of sumac, buckthorn and other invasive species. Thanks to FMR-led restoration efforts this site has been significantly improving over the past few years but there is more work to be done at this site.

Volunteers are needed to work alongside FMR Ecologist Alex Roth and Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore to remove sumac, a shrubby tree that would otherwise overtake this vital habitat making room for the native prairie plants to thrive. Other tending or restoration tasks may also be needed. Please note, much of the work will take place on a slope near a steep drop-off. Everyone will be encouraged to work at their own pace and comfort level. However, due to the nature of this site and tools used we don't recommend children attending.

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, 651-222-2193 x31. Please include: the name of the event, your name, address and phone number and the number in your party.

To ensure a high-quality experience, capacity is limited and preregistration required. Teens are welcome to participate with a parent or guardian. However, because of the steep dropoff, this is not a safe site for small children. Registration closes August 15th, or upon reaching capacity.

You will receive a confirmation email with details and directions from within two business days. (If you don't, please check your SPAM folder.) Amy is typically in the office M-Th.

Can't make it?

To receive notices of future volunteer events, contact FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore, Or, to receive a twice-a-month e-newsletter including all FMR activities and news, sign up for Mississippi Messages.

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Restoration of Cottage Grove's River Oaks Park is underway

Thank you partners and sponsors: City of Cottage Grove, the 3M Foundation and Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund!